Nat’l Handwashing Week

National Handwashing Awareness Week: December 4 through 10

Practicing hand hygiene is a simple yet effective way to prevent infections.  Cleaning your hands can prevent the spread of germs, including those that are resistant to antibiotics.  On average, health care providers clean their hands less than half of the times they should.  On any given day, about one in 25 hospital patients has at least one health care-associated infection.

Practice infection control to create a safe environment for your patients and staff.  Find out more with Medicare Learning Network Web-Based Training courses at https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNProducts/WebBasedTraining.html :

  • Infection Control: Hand Hygiene — Learn about hand hygiene in patient care zones and nearby administrative areas; appropriate methods for maintaining good hand hygiene; and how to recognize opportunities for hand hygiene in a health care setting 
  • Infection Control: Environmental Safety — Learn about proper cleaning practices in health care facilities, including information on the categories of environmental surfaces and turnover cleaning versus terminal cleaning
  • Infection Control: Injection Safety — Learn about proper injection practices in health care facilities, including information on safe injection practices and single dose/single use versus multidose medications

Physician and non-physician practitioners may receive continuing education credit for successful completion.

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