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Cost Implications of Successful Hand Hygiene Promotion

  • Didier Pittet (a1), Hugo Sax (a1), Stéphane Hugonnet (a1) and Stephan Harbarth (a1)


We evaluated the costs associated with a sustained and successful campaign for hand hygiene promotion that emphasized alcohol-based handrubs. The total cost of the hand hygiene promotion corresponded to less than 1% of the costs associated with nosocomial infections. Successful hand hygiene promotion is probably cost-saving.


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Infection Control Program, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Geneva Hospitals, 24, rue Micheli-du-Crest, 1211 Geneva, 14 -Switzerland


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