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Evidence of hand hygiene as the building block for infection prevention and control

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Evidence of hand hygiene as the building block for infection prevention and control

WHO recently identified the essential elements that every country should have in place to achieve effective IPC and issued new guidelines on Core components of IPC programmes at the national and acute health care facility level. These guidelines include two specific recommendations on hand hygiene as part of the IPC core components. Furthermore, a substantial portion of the evidence underpinning all the recommendations comes from research on hand hygiene.

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