Hand Hygiene Knowledge Assessment
Score: _____________ (how many missed)
1. It is not necessary to wash your hands or use an alcohol hand rub after glove removal.
2. You may not wear artificial nails or artificial nail products (eg, tips, overlays, wraps, etc).
3. It is not necessary to wash your hands or use an alcohol hand rub after repositioning a patient in bed.
4. It is not necessary to change gloves during patient care if moving from a contaminated body site to a clean body site.
5. Which of the following are valid reasons as to why health care workers do not wash their hands as often as they should?
a. Heavy workloads (too busy)
b. Sinks are poorly located
c. Skin irritation results, caused by frequent exposure to soap and water
d. Hands do not look dirty
e. Hand washing takes too long
f. None of the above
6. Health care workers can obtain hundreds or thousands of bacteria on their hands by touching a patient’s gown or bedsheets or taking vital signs.
7. How long should you wash your hands (at least this long)?
a. 10 seconds
b. 15 seconds
c. 20 seconds
d. 25 seconds
8. Alcohol-based hand rubs are more effective than either plain soap or antibacterial soaps in reducing the number of live bacteria on the hands.
9. When should you use an alcohol-based hand rub?
a. Before having direct contact with patients
b. After having direct contact with a patient’s skin
c. After touching equipment or furniture near the patient
d. After removing gloves
e. All of the above
10. When should you wash your hands with soap and water?
a. When your hands are visibly soiled
b. When your hands are visibly contaminated with blood or body fluids
c. After using the restroom
d. Only a. and b.
e. All of the above
11. If your hands are not visibly soiled or contaminated with blood or body fluids, using an alcohol-based hand rub for routinely cleaning your hands is acceptable.
12. After hand washing, you should turn the faucets off by sing:
a. An elbow
b. A hand with gloves and paper towel
c. A dry hand
d. A hand protected with a paper towel
13. Treating patients known with infectious agents differently than other patients is a standard precaution.
14. Personal protective equipment (PPE) use and knowledge is important to employee/patient/residents care.
15. As an employee, I know and appropriately use PPE when caring for patients/residents.
Employee name: _____________________________________
Supervisor/reviewer signature: _________________________
Primary department: ____________________ Missed questions reviewed: _____________
Date: ____________________________ Date: _______________________________
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hand hygiene and other standard precautions to prevent healthcare-associated infection. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/handhygiene/training/interactiveEducation/. Accessed January 8, 2010.
Contributed by Joan Bahr, MS, RD, CDE
Vicki Becker, RN, CIC
Review Date 1/10