I’ve never been one to make New Year’s resolutions. I figure if it’s important and something I should do, why wait until January 1 to start? However, New Year’s resolutions can be a good way to get people thinking about ways to improve their health. NovaNewsNow.com has a good idea for a practical and useful resolution: better hand hygiene. The article contains some good tips on when hand hygiene is needed. Hand hygiene is the term used for hand washing or use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers, and hand hygiene is one of the most (if not the most) effective and important infection control tools in hospitals, and in the community. Despite this, most people don’t perform hand hygiene often enough (or properly), resulting in unnecessary risks of disease transmission.

Have a Happy New Year, and clean your hands.