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Hand Hygiene

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a leader in providing excellent care to patients. Now, you can become a partner in your care with one simple question: " Have you cleaned your hands?"

Hand hygiene is the single most important procedure that is performed in the hospital for preventing the spread of infection to you, the patient. It is important because nationwide, 2.5 million patients annually develop infections.

Soap and water, as well as alcohol-based hand cleaners, are everywhere in the medical center and staff are trained to use them often. By asking about hand hygiene, you help remind our busy healthcare workers how important it is.

Become a partner with your doctor, nurse, and all the healthcare workers that enter your room by asking them the question…" Have you cleaned your hands?"

Ask the question any time your doctor, nurse, or healthcare worker is about to make direct physical contact with you or touch things that are used in your care. This may be in your room or anywhere else in the hospital.

Facts about Hand Hygiene

  • Hand hygiene is the single most important procedure performed at BIDMC to prevent the spread of infection to you, the patient.
  • Germs that cause infections can be spread in a number of ways. The most common is through hands. Hand hygiene removes germs from the hands and helps protect YOU from infections.

Don't be shy!

Your healthcare workers are interested in your care and encourage you to ask them about hand hygiene!

Contact Information

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
Main Switchboard: 617-667-7000
Find a Doctor: 800-667-5356
Directions by Phone: 617-667-3000
TDD (for hearing impaired): 800-439-0183