Hand washing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of infections. Germs can spread from person to person on hands. Cleaning hands with soap and water washes germs away. Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer kills germs on contact.
Patients and families can help prevent infections by practicing hand hygiene. Be sure to clean your hands often while in the hospital or doctor's office, and especially before eating.
Health care providers should always wash their hands or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer before they touch you. If you don't see your nurse, doctor or other health care provider clean their hands, please ask. We want you to feel safe, and we welcome your reminders.
Hand hygiene is so important at Women & Infants that we measure it to see how we are doing. We have specially trained staff who watch to be sure that all health care providers clean their hands. This graph shows the percentage of times that health care workers at Women & Infants clean their hands when they should.