Handwashing Responsibilities in Healthcare

This online continuing education course is designed for nurses, nurse’s aides and healthcare workers in all healthcare settings.

Handwashing in healthcare is the single most important responsibility in preventing and reducing infections and disease transmission in all areas of patient care. As a healthcare worker or professional you have heard about handwashing over and over in every orientation and in-service related to infection control, yet infection rates of MRSA, C-Diff, and other highly contagious infections continue to rise at an alarming rate. This course will introduce a new perspective beyond basic infection control and hand hygiene in healthcare, as a necessary part of patient safety and the healthcare provider’s responsibility.

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 Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Verbalize basic knowledge of infection control terminology and definitions.
  2. Identify and understand modes of infection transmission.
  3. List 3 common illnesses spread by contaminated hands.
  4. Identify the #1 defense in transmittable infections.
  5. Define hand hygiene protocol in patient care settings.
  6. Demonstrate appropriate use of the 2 types of hand hygiene according to contamination level.
  7. Verbalize and demonstrate effective handwashing technique.


 Chapter 1: Basics of Infection Control

  • Definition of Infection
  • Types of Infections
  • Transmission Modes
  • 1st Defense in prevention
  • Most common preventable infections
Chapter 2: Hand Hygiene
  • Effective hand hygiene actions
  • Appropriate handwashing technique
  • When to practice hand hygiene
  • Hand gel in healthcare
Chapter 3: Responsible Patient Care
  • Facts and Figures of facility related infections
  • Commitment to care
  • Commitment to self care
Chapter 4: Resources
  • California Bill 241
  • Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • What is Implicit Bias?
  • Implications of Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • How to Reduce Implicit Bias

Price: $12.00

Contact Hour: 1

Course Author

Capra Garrison

Capra Garrison, Registered Nurse, has more than 33 years of experience in infusion therapy and the instruction of licensed nurses in infusion therapy continuing education. Her experience comes from multiple infusion settings: acute care, ambulatory infusion centers, home infusion, long term care continuing education provider, and long term care pharmacy quality assurance consultant.

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