The World Health Organization Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care and their consensus recommendations

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2009 Jul;30(7):611-22. doi: 10.1086/600379.


The World Health Organization's Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care have been issued by WHO Patient Safety on 5 May 2009 on the occasion of the launch of the Save Lives: Clean Your Hands initiative. The Guidelines represent the contribution of more than 100 international experts and provide a comprehensive overview of essential aspects of hand hygiene in health care, evidence- and consensus-based recommendations, and lessons learned from testing their Advanced Draft and related implementation tools.

Publication types

  • Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Cross Infection / prevention & control
  • Global Health
  • Hand Disinfection / methods
  • Hand Disinfection / standards*
  • Health Planning Guidelines
  • Humans
  • Hygiene / standards*
  • International Cooperation
  • Personnel, Hospital
  • World Health Organization