There are many ways that infections can be passed between people. Infectious agents on hands is the most common way that patients develop healthcare associated infections.
Infections that people get while receiving healthcare (while in a healthcare facility) cause pain and suffering to patients, increase the rate of hospitalisations, cost Australia an estimate $600 million to a $1 billion per annum and can cause death.
Everyone working in a healthcare service needs to understand how to prevent the spread of infections.
There are three keys to helping to prevent the spread of infection in health services:
This module is about hand hygiene.
At the end of this module participants will be able to: