Hand Hygiene

Hand washing or hand hygiene is the act of cleaning one's hands with or without the use of water or another liquid, or with the use of soap for the purpose of removing soil, dirt, and/or micro-organisms. Clean hands are the single most important factor in preventing the spread of pathogens and antibiotic resistance in healthcare settings. Semmelweis demonstrated that the mortality rate among mothers who delivered in the First Obstetrics Clinic at the General Hospital of Vienna was significantly lower when hospital staff cleaned their hands with an antiseptic agent than when they washed their hands with plain soap and water. In more recent studies healthcare-associated infection rates were lower when antiseptic hand washing was performed by personnel and went down when adherence to recommended hand hygiene practices improved. This module will encourage awareness of personal hand hygiene practices.

Course content:
  • History of hand hygiene
  • Purpose of hand washing
  • Different types of hand hygiene
  • WHO 5 Moments of hand washing
  • Hand Hygiene Procedure
Learning Outcomes:
  • Will understand that infection can be spread through unclean hands
  • State the relationship between hand hygiene and the prevention of healthcare-associated infections.
  • Will know that the best way to stop the spread of infection from sneezing is using a tissue.
  • Discuss the antiseptic effectiveness and safety of common hand hygiene products.
  • Explain the steps involved in effective hand washing.
  • Identify factors that affect adherence to hand washing protocols.
Assessment Criteria: Passing marks: 100%

  • Half day
  • 3 hours of theory session
Teaching and Learning Strategy:
  • Class room training = 3 hours
  • Practical training     = 30 minute
  • Direct observation and silent observation
Course location: Columbia Asia Hospitals, Bengaluru, Mysore, Pune, Patiala, Palam Vihar, Ghaziabad, Kolkata.

Eligibility: All health care workers.

Course Fees: ₹ 1,000/-

Contact: annu.kaushik@columbiaindiahospitals.com