Infection Prevention and Control: Hand Hygiene

This training discusses key principles in hand hygiene in a clinical setting. It describes the World Health Organization tagline for hand hygiene “Five Moments for Hand Hygiene” and the Centers for Disease Control “Clean Hands Count” campaign. It describes how germs are transmitted and the most effective way to wash hands.

**Instructions to access the course will be provided after you register.**

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • discuss the history of hand hygiene;
  • describe how to properly clean your hands; and
  • describe when health care workers should clean their hands.

Target Audience
This presentation is appropriate for anyone working in a clinical setting or who is interested in the fundamental principles of hand hygiene.


Sarah Smathers, MPH, CIC, FAPIC
is the senior manager of infection prevention and control at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and adjunct professor at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health. Smathers has conducted research in infectious diseases and infection prevention and has a special interest in the design of infection prevention and control programs.

This course is appropriate for those with no or basic levels of experience with infection prevention and control.

17 minutes

Technology Requirements

A computer with high-speed internet connection is required to view this course.
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Creation Date

This training was created in October 2023