Standard precautions: Hand hygiene


Overview: The hands of health care workers (HCWs) play a critical role in keeping patients safe. If HCWs do not clean their hands at the right moments, using the proper methods, they can transmit infection-causing microorganisms through their hands from one patient to another. Performing hand hygiene at key moments is an important health care intervention. Hand hygiene reduces the transmission of microorganisms (including those that are antibiotic-resistant), increases patient safety, and decreases health care-associated infection (HAI). Effective, timely hand hygiene is a cornerstone of infection prevention and control. Learning objectives: By the end of this course, participants should be able to: describe hand hygiene as a critical component of infection prevention and control; identify the 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene; discuss glove use and hand hygiene during patient care activities; demonstrate the correct way to wash hands with soap and water according to the WHO-recommended method; demonstrate the correct way to perform hand hygiene with an alcohol-based handrub (ABHR) according to the WHO-recommended method; and discuss key issues and considerations of hand hygiene in a health care facility. Course duration: Approximately 1 hour. Certificate: A Record of Achievement will be issued to participants who receive at least 70% on the post-test. You will have a total of 3 attempts on the post-test to be eligible to receive a certificate.