Costa Rica: cleaning hands stops the spread of drug-resistant germs
Health care-associated infections (HAI) are a problem around the world, affecting hundreds of millions of patients every year.
There is a lack of understanding of hand hygiene recommendations in many countries.
Since hand hygiene is considered the best way to prevent HAI, including those caused by drug-resistant germs, a coordinated global effort is necessary.
This photo story highlights how commitment and enthusiasm have brought changes in hand hygiene practice which resulted in a drop in HAI rates in Costa Rica.
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