The importance of ongoing Hand Hygiene in Care settings
Nurture Marketing Specialist at Kineo APAC
Second in our series of top-ten elearning courses is Hand Hygiene for Healthcare Workers. That this is the number one health care title in our elearning course library comes as no surprise. 2020 has been overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The importance of exemplary levels of hand hygiene have been promoted via posters in public places, in workspaces and are commonplace online. Continuing to practise high levels of hand hygiene needs to be upheld as a fundamental ongoing habit to prevent the risk of infection spread.
This is especially important in aged care, where hand hygiene is an important standard practice carried out when working among those at higher risk.
In this blog we are focusing on the care industry, so let’s have a look at the startling Healthcare infection facts:
The scale of healthcare related infections
1 in 10 patients get an infection while in care. However, The World Health Organisation WHO reports that when practising good hand hygiene, effective infection prevention and control reduces health care-associated infections by at least 30%.
Globally, hundreds of millions of patients are exposed to the effects of healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) each year. As it is a challenge to gather all the required data to provide an accurate report, WHO has been dedicated to understanding and reviewing the burden of HCAI and continues to invest in the established Clean Care is Safer Care programme.
As a specialist Aged Care and Healthcare learning provider, Kineo partners with subject matter experts and learning content is endorsed by industry leaders. Released in 2018, Hand Hygiene for Healthcare Workers is a short 20 minute, informative and practical course that informs care workers about how they can reduce the transmission of pathogenic microorganisms to patients and fellow workers.
We know that all Aged Care and Healthcare workers understand the requirements of good hand hygiene. This course acts as a reminder of what good practice looks like and refreshes the learner with how to implement all of the required behaviours.
The likelihood of somebody becoming infected is drastically reduced when people perform hand hygiene correctly and at the right times. Hand Hygiene for Healthcare Workers provides an understanding of:
- the role hand hygiene plays in preventing and controlling infection
- how to perform hand hygiene according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines
- when to use alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR) or soap and water, and
- when hand hygiene is necessary.
Infection prevention and control
When looking at the bigger picture with infection prevention and control, Aged Care facility settings are at the highest risk of all. Through COVID-19, tighter restrictions have been put in place to minimise levels of unnecessary person contact aside from assigned carers and direct loved ones. For example, residents with Dementia require higher levels of support in their daily hand washing habits.
Hand Hygiene for Healthcare Workers is one module in a full course suite, Infection Prevention Control.
Thank you to our Kineo learners that have already benefited from this course. If your care force learners are ready for a refresh, join our community that rate Kineo’s learning library 4.5/5. Together, let’s help to stop and control the spread of infection.