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Without Environmental Hygiene, HH Programs Fall Short

In an article published in Infection Control Today, UMF Corporation marks World Hand Hygiene Day as an occasion to remind healthcare administrators and staff that without environmental hygiene as a component, hand-washing programs will likely fail in reducing preventable HAIs.

"…even if it were possible to achieve 100 percent compliance, hand hygiene as a solitary initiative will have little if any impact on reducing preventable HAIs," says George Clarke, CEO of UMF Corporation. "It's all for naught if the first surface contacted in a hospital by a disinfected or gloved hand is contaminated. Environmental hygiene is a prerequisite to hand hygiene – or at least it should be."

For the full article, click here.