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Hand hygiene: the importance of decontamination for infection control

  • Learning time: 10 mins
  • Last updated: 2020
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Hand hygiene is one of the most effective methods of preventing healthcare-associated infections, yet compliance among healthcare workers can be poor. This module examines the reasons why healthcare professionals may not comply with hand hygiene practices from a human factors perspective. This allows healthcare professionals and organisations to consider how to improve hand hygiene practices locally.


Please note that information provided by RCNiLearning is not sufficient to ensure competence in the skill. Assessment of competence should take place in line with local practice. Practice should always align with local protocols and procedures, latest guidelines and any regulatory code.

Heather Gluyas, Associate professor, School of Health Professions, Murdoch University, Mandurah, Western Australia.

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