Hand Hygiene

Hand Hygiene is the single most effective action to reduce healthcare-associated infections.

Introduction of the Course Effective Hand Hygiene is the single most effective action to reduce healthcare-associated infections. Cleaning hands can prevent the spread of germs, including those that are resistant to antibiotics and are becoming difficult, if not impossible, to treat. On average, healthcare providers clean their hands less than half of the times they should. On any given day, about one in 31 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection. Objectives:

  • At the end of the course the nurse will able to:
  • Understand the  need for good hand hygiene in health care
  • Perceive Hospital Care-Associated Infections as a serious disease burden and its significant economic impact on patients and health-care systems
  • Learn appropriate hand hygiene – the simple task of cleaning hands at the right times and in the right way saves lives
  • Explain the “My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene” approach
  • Become aware of the 5 indications (moments) for hand hygiene in health care

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