Hand washing is an important technique in removing or reducing the number of microorganisms from the hands. Routine hand washing is one of the most effective measures used to prevent or control this transmission of infectious diseases. Contaminated hands of health care workers are a primary source of infection transmission in health care setting.
Hand washing technique may sound simple, but to be effective it must be done correctly. The availability and convenience of hand sanitizes and antimicrobial gels can also increase compliance in hand cleansing particularly in instances where soap and water are not readily available. Lack of time and a heavy workload were stated as barriers to hand hygiene compliance. Practicing good hand hygiene prevents the transmission of nosocomial infections which are acquired while in health care facility. A major way to reduce the incidents of transmitting infections is to think of frequent hand washing, not to be optional but as a rule.