Chapter 4: Hand Hygiene

By Michelle Hughes, Audrey Kenmir, Oona St-Amant, Caitlin Cosgrove, and Grace Sharpe


Learning Objectives

By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:

  1. Define hand hygiene.
  2. Identify and explain when you would perform an alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR) versus washing hands with soap and water. 
  3. Apply the techniques of ABHR and wash your hands with soap and water.   

Note: Always review and follow the hospital policies regarding infection prevention and control practices. 


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