How to wash your hands effectively

This learning module has been accredited by the Royal College of Nursing and was last updated in 2019.

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Duration: 01:00:00 Type: How to modules Level: Students, Qualified Nurses


Mark Dexter Hillier, Lecturer, School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences, University of Salford, Salford, England.

Short description

Read this module and update your knowledge and skills in hand hygiene.

Detailed description

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.