Hand-hygiene recommendations

Indications for hand washing and hand antisepsis

Hands that are visibly dirty or contaminated with proteinaceous material or are visibly soiled with blood or other body fluids should be washed with a nonantimicrobial (or antimicrobial) soap and water. If hands are not visibly soiled, an alcohol-based hand rub should be used for routine decontamination in all other clinical situations.

Decontaminate hands in the following instances:

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