Hand Hygiene (ce590) - introduction

Hand Hygiene

COURSE NUMBER: 590

Barbara A. MacNeill, DMD, MS; Geza T. Terezhalmy, DDS, MA

Credit Hours:

2 Hour(s)

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This course, advisory in nature and informational in content, (1) presents the background essential to understand the importance of hand hygiene in healthcare settings; (2) provides evidence based information related to handwashing, hand an...

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Overview

This course, advisory in nature and informational in content, (1) presents the background essential to understand the importance of hand hygiene in healthcare settings; (2) provides evidence based information related to handwashing, hand antisepsis (i.e., antiseptic handwash and antiseptic handrub), and surgical hand antisepsis; and (3) discusses strategies to improve hand hygiene practices.


The transmission of pathogens most often occurs via the contaminated hands of healthcare personnel (HCP). Accordingly, hand hygiene is one of the most important infection prevention measures to reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Oral healthcare facilities are accountable for establishing a system in which oral HCP have the knowledge, competence, time, and tools to practice hand hygiene; and oral HCP have the duty to perform hand hygiene – perfectly and every time.

  • Intended Audience:

    Dental Assistant Students, Dental Assistants, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Hygienists, Dental Students, Dentists

  • Date Course Online:

    Oct 22, 2019

  • Last Revision Date:

    NA

  • Course Expiration Date:

    Oct 21, 2022

  • Cost:

    Free

  • Method:

    Self-instructional

  • AGD Subject Code(s):

    148

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:


  • Discuss the relevance resident and transient microorganisms in reference to hand hygiene.
  • Discuss the criteria for the transmission of healthcare-associated pathogens in reference to hand hygiene.
  • Understand the role of detergents and antiseptic agents in reference to hand hygiene products.
  • Understand the indications for and demonstrate handwashing, antiseptic handwash, and surgical hand antisepsis.
  • Discuss considerations when purchasing hand hygiene products.
  • Discuss irritant contact dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis as they relate to hand hygiene.
  • Discuss strategies to improve hand hygiene practices.
  • Discuss hand hygiene-related basic expectations for safe care.

Disclaimers

  • P&G is providing these resource materials to dental professionals. We do not own this content nor are we responsible for any material herein.
  • Participants must always be aware of the hazards of using limited knowledge in integrating new techniques or procedures into their practice. Only sound evidence-based dentistry should be used in patient therapy.

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Author(s)

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement

  • Dr. MacNeill reports no conflicts of interest associated with this course.
  • Dr. Terézhalmy has done consulting work for Procter & Gamble and has served on the dentalcare.com Advisory Board.
Barbara A. MacNeill

Barbara A. MacNeill

DMD, MS

Dr. MacNeill graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry and completed her two-year General Practice Residency at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the De...

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Geza T. Terezhalmy

Geza T. Terezhalmy

DDS, MA

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