Hand hygiene is a general term that applies to hand washing with soap and water, hand washing using antimicrobial soap and water, or the use of an alcohol-based hand rub to clean the hands.
Frequent and proper hand hygiene is the most effective way to prevent the spread of infections. This course explains the importance of correct hand hygiene practices, as well as the appropriate methods and guidelines for hand hygiene.
- Identifies proper procedures when using alcohol-based hand rubs and soap and water, based on CDC and WHO recommendations, through written instructions and video examples.
- Printable Five Moments of Hand Hygiene poster.
- Discuss the relationship between hand hygiene and healthcare-associated infections.
- Identify situations that require hand hygiene and determine if they are appropriate for using alcohol-based hand rubs or washing with soap and water.
- Describe the correct hand hygiene method using both soap and water and alcohol-based hand rubs.
- Explain the hand hygiene guidelines related to lotion, gloves, fingernails and jewelry.
- New version released on April 4, 2018
NOTE: This course is only available to staff at PLS Participating Hospitals through their Learning Management Systems. If you are interested, please check with your organization’s learning staff or contact Patty Kohn to learn more.