This module describes when and how to wash your hands effectively. Healthcare-associated infections are a risk to patients and service users, and nurses have a duty of care to protect these individuals from preventable infections. Nurses should practise good infection prevention, the basis of which is effective hand hygiene.
The nurse should understand the importance of handwashing for infection prevention.
The nurse should know when to wash their hands and the steps involved in effective handwashing using soap and water or hand cleansing using alcohol hand gel.