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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.