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Q&A: Hand hygiene compliance during (and after) COVID-19

Medical Environment Update, November 12, 2020

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Without addressing the root causes of hand hygiene noncompliance before COVID-19, facilities will fall back into bad patterns after the pandemic

by Brian Ward

December 1–7 is National Handwashing Awareness Week, and handwashing is even more in the spotlight this year because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Back in March, hand hygiene was identified as a key factor in preventing the spread of COVID-19. It’s also important in stopping the spread of other infections, and keeping up compliance after the pandemic will save many patients from healthcare-acquired infections (HAI).

In recognition of Handwashing Awareness Week, and the importance of hand hygiene to patient and public safety, our sister publication Patient Safety Monitor Journal spoke with Klaus Nether, DHS, CSSMBB, the executive director of high reliability product delivery at The Joint Commission’s Center for Transforming Healthcare.

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