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Standard Precautions in the Ambulatory Care Setting: The Basics of Hand Hygiene

What is hand hygiene and why is it fundamental to preventing the spread of infections? Learn about when and how to perform hand hygiene to protect yourself, your patients and your co-workers from infection.  

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Course Information


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About this course

This course provides an overview of standard precautions, the practice of hand hygiene and the role of healthcare staff in preventing the spread of infections to themselves, colleagues and patients. The course may be taken in more than one sitting.

What you'll learn

After completing this course, you will be able to...

  • Define Standard Precautions
  • List at least two reasons whyhand hygiene is important to infection prevention
  • Recall when hand hygiene should be performed
  • Recall how long hands should be rubbed when using long soap
  • Recall two advantages of using alcohol- based rubs


Subject Matter Experts

  • Louise-Marie Dembry, MD, FACP, MS, MBA
    Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) 
    and of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases);
    Director, Hospital Epidemiology VA CT Healthcare System

Enrollment and Contact Hours

The Certificate of Completion will include the length of the module. Generally 50 – 60 minutes is equivalent to 1 contact hour. Contact hours may be applicable towards continuing education requirements for certain credentials. Check with your credentialing body to verify if the topic meets its continuing education requirements.

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