Health-care associated infections are a major factor contributing to morbidity and mortality. Hand hygiene is considered the most important measure for preventing health-care associated infections and the spread of antimicrobial resistant pathogens.
The overall goals of the UCSF Medical Center Hand Hygiene Improvement program are to:
- improve patient safety
- meet regulatory and accreditation requirements
- achieve long-term compliance with hand hygiene standards
In support of these goals, the FY14 Workplan requires monthly 90% hand hygiene compliance.
All personnel who enter the patient room or patient care environment have a personal responsibility to prevent the development and transmission of infections in patients by performing hand hygiene. Information about hand hygiene program administration, education, observation criteria, reports, corrective actions and other resources are presented on this site.