IC2 Hand decontamination policy and procedure

Infection prevention and control
Issue No
Issue 3

Target Audience

All CWP staff


This hand hygiene policy has been devised for all healthcare professionals to able to refer to regarding all aspects of hand hygiene. Evidence clearly demonstrates that cross infection can, and does occur on the hands of healthcare workers and the hands of staff are the most common vehicle by which micro-organisms are transmitted between patients (Ayliffe, 2000).Good hand hygiene is the cornerstone of all infection control practice (Wilson, 2001 and Department of Health, 2003) and it is therefore imperative that all Trust employees are familiar with, understand and practice the principles set out in this policy.


Lead executive
Director of Infection, Prevention and Control (DIPC)

Author and contact number
Infection Prevention and Control Team
01244 397312

Policy dates & history

Implementation Date

31 December 2011

Review Date

31 December 2016

Approval Meeting

nfection Prevention and Control Sub Committee (IPCSC)


Document Quality Group (DQG)


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