National Handwashing Awareness Week is dedicated to helping people remain healthy one hand wash at a time. With the significant increase in preventable healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), this observance encourages providers to become more “Hand Aware.” Participants are encouraged to follow the four Principles of Hand Awareness, which have been endorsed by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), in order to minimize infections:
1. Wash your hands when they are dirty and BEFORE eating. In the healthcare setting, perform hand hygiene before and after patient contact.
2. DO NOT cough into your hands
3. DO NOT sneeze into your hands
4. Above all, DO NOT put your fingers into your eyes, nose or mouth
Download CDC’s “Hand Hygiene” brochure now.