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Angil Tarach-Ritchey
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Angil Tarach-Ritchey RN, GCM is a national eldercare expert, best-selling author, speaker, consultant, and writes CEU courses for Pedagogy Inc.


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Handwashing Responsibilities in Healthcare

An online continuing education course for nurses, medical health care professionals, and other interested individuals.

This course is designed for nurses, nurse’s aides and healthcare workers in all healthcare settings since it is the single most important responsibility in preventing and reducing infections and disease transmission in all areas of patient care.  As a healthcare worker or professional you have heard about handwashing over and over in every orientation and in-service related to infection control, yet infection rates of MRSA, C-Diff, and other highly contagious infections continue to rise at an alarming rate.  This course will introduce a new perspective beyond basic infection control and hand hygiene, as a necessary part of patient safety and the healthcare provider’s responsibility.


 Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Verbalize basic knowledge of infection control terminology and definitions
  2. Identify and understand modes of infection transmission
  3. List 3 common illnesses spread by contaminated hands
  4. Identify the #1 defense in transmittable infections
  5. Define hand hygiene protocol in patient care settings
  6. Demonstrate appropriate use of the 2 types of hand hygiene according to contamination level
Verbalize and demonstrate effective handwashing technique


 Chapter 1- Basics of Infection Control

  • Definition of Infection
  • Types of Infections
  • Transmission Modes
  • 1st Defense in prevention
  • Most common preventable infections
Chapter 2- Hand Hygiene
  • Effective hand hygiene actions
  • Appropriate handwashing technique
  • When to practice hand hygiene
  • Hand gel in healthcare
Chapter 3- Responsible patient care
  • Facts and Figures of facility related infections
  • Commitment to care
  • Commitment to self care

Course Snapshot

Cost: $ 10.00
Contact Hours: 0.75


This educational offering has been reviewed by the National Continuing Education Review Service (NCERS) of the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) and approved for 0.75 clock hours. Program Approval Number: 2222013-0.75-10548-dl-co
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