Hand hygiene is one of the most important measures for preventing the spread of infection within healthcare facilities. Repeated use of alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR) and soap and water places healthcare workers (HCWs) at risk for skin damage, and skin irritation is often cited as a barrier to hand hygiene compliance. Lack of awareness of the true causes of skin damage is a significant contributing factor. Therefore, it is essential that HCWs understand the behaviors that actually lead to skin irritation and damage. This Infographic describes the impact of ABHR vs. soap on skin, reviews the cycle of skin damage and provides best practices that HCWs can take to prevent the cycle of skin damage and maintain healthy hands.
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