Practical skills

How to decontaminate your hands effectively

  • RCN accredited
  • Peer reviewed
  • Certificate
  • Duration: 01 hr
  • Level: Students, Qualified nurses
  • Last updated: 2020

This learning module describes when and how to decontaminate your hands effectively. The importance of hand decontamination for infection prevention is explored, as are the steps involved in effective handwashing with soap and water, or hand cleansing with alcohol-based gel or rub.

Disclaimer

Please note that information provided by RCNi Learning 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. All modules should currently be viewed together with available national and local Covid-19 guidelines. For advice, go to www.rcn.org.uk/covid-19/rcn-position

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


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