Proper and appropriately frequent Hand Hygiene has been identified as a very important practice inInfection Control strategy.

Hand Hygiene is about removing microbes from our skin’s surface. Sometimes it is through physicalwashing and sometimes it is from the chemical action from hand sanitizers. These actions are the“What” – their performance causes improved Infection Control results.

The “Why” they have effects onimproving Infection Control results is that Hands are the primary method of cross contamination ofsurfaces and objects for microbes. Therefore removing or limiting the ability of hands to spread diseaseis also described as “breaking the chain of infection”. Therefore if you are attempting to improve Infection Control strategies be sure you are not just lookingat the “What works” and be fooled into thinking it is the same as the “Why it works”. And last but notleast, do not neglect the drying hands step.