World Health Organization

Standard precautions: Hand hygiene

This is an all levels course offering CPH — Free
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Most health care-associated infections are preventable through good hand hygiene – cleaning hands at the right times and in the right way. The WHO Guidelines on hand hygiene in health care support hand hygiene promotion and improvement in health care facilities worldwide and are complemented by the WHO multimodal hand hygiene improvement strategy, the guide to implementation, and implementation toolkit, which contain many ready-to-use practical tools. This module has been prepared to help summarize the WHO guidelines on hand hygiene, associated tools and ideas for effective implementation.

What You'll Learn

  • 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.

Competency Terms

Chronic Disease & Injury Prevention
Application of Public Health Sciences

Related Occupations

Health Educator
Public health - multiple occupations will benefit
Registered Nurse - Unspecified

Related Job Tasks

Communicate effectively to inform and educate people about health, factors that influence it, and how to improve it