Infection prevention and control: Hand hygiene for healthcare professionals

0,50 € (0,41 € IVA esclusa) cad.

Title:Infection prevention and control: Hand hygiene for healthcare professionals
Recipients:For all professions. For healthcare personnell 4.5 Italian CME credits will be assigned upon completion of the course. Such credits are recognized in other Countries according to specific international agreements
Dates:Starting October 24th 2014, when it will be possible to enroll, till October 24th 2015
Pre-enrollment or information:Write to or call +39.049.865.03.74 during office hours
Estimated duration:3 hours
Italian CME credits:4.5 Italian credits can be validated in other countries according to specific international agreements
Scientific referee:Alessandro Buriani
Teachers:Stefano Fortinguerra, Lisa Volpato
Assessment of participants:Questionnaire (multiple answers and double randomization)
Fee:25,00 euro + VAT

Patient safety and the set of actions aimed at preventing avoidable risks for the patient arising from health care, has in recent years become a central issue for healthcare services. Among the most frequent avoidable risks are the health care-associated infections (HCAI), closely related to healthcare practices as well as safety of both the patient and the operator. The WHO regards hand hygiene as one of the most important actions to prevent the risk of HCAI, and has developed Guidelines on hand hygiene in healthcare, promoting it among health professionals, patients and their families.

The course aims at promoting hand hygiene recommendations and guidelines of the World Health Organization among healthcare workers, in order to raise awareness among health professionals. Performing proper hand hygiene is the core of the course for health professionals according the so-called "five key moments in healthcare services", which identify spatially (area of the patient and surroundings, potentially contaminated sites) and temporally, the moments when it is necessary to perform hand hygiene. Hand hygiene can be practiced by rubbing hands with an alcohol-based product or by washing with soap and water, following specific guidelines, and should be done at the " point of care ", i.e. the place where the patient and the healthcare worker are simultaneously and where a cure or treatment that involves contact with the patient or his environment occurs.

Acquisition of technical and professional skills

participants will acquire skills on when and how to perform hand hygiene in healthcare services, as indicated in the specific guidelines developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) for the campaign "Clean Care is Safer Care". In particular the healthcare worker will learn when it is necessary to perform hand hygiene in healthcare services ("the five key moments"), how and why.

Detailed program

First session: in the first part of the course the theme of the ICA associated infections will be introduced and the WHO global campaign "Clean care is safer care" presented. The participant will be asked to read some materials on the issues and links will be provided for further reading. A questionnaire will then be administered to the participants in order to access the next session.

Second session : The second part of the course will focus on the moments and the mode of hand hygiene for healthcare workers , using materials provided by the WHO campaign. The participants will be asked to read in detail some the Guidelines for hand hygiene in healthcare and to perform selected exercises.

Test: a final questionnaire with multiple choice questions will be administered with a 75% correct answers requirement.