Archive Infection Control 2007

Hand Disinfection's Role in Infection Control

There might be an indirect link, but the evidence is surprisingly thin.

Dan O

Dan O'Connor, Editor-in-Chief

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You'd think that this would be a slam dunk of an argument: Good hand hygiene results in fewer surgical site infections. Case closed. End of story. Who would dare disagree that there's a correlation between SSIs and washing your hands, the most practiced ritual within today's ORs? Oddly enough, the evidence linking SSIs and surgical hand antisepsis is pretty thin, if it's there at all.

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