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Everything you ever wanted to know about hand hygiene

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Anyone who knows me well also knows that I love a good hand washing as much as the next "germaphobe." Sometimes, when I'm feeling bored, I'll just go wash my hands for the thrill of it. I like to think clean hands help keep colds at bay. But, for health-care professionals, good hand-washing techniques are an essential part of patient care - they help prevent infection.

So I was quite pleased to see what may be the definitive statement on hand washing from the New England Journal of Medicine: A 14-minute, peer-reviewed educational video on proper hand hygiene techniques. The video is incredibly thorough and is also freely available for download.

Come to think of it, I should probably go practice those techniques now. You know, just to make sure I have them down.

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