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Hand Hygiene Knowledge Assessment


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.

a. True
b. False

2.   You may not wear artificial nails or artificial nail products (eg, tips, overlays, wraps, etc).

a. True
b. False

3.   It is not necessary to wash your hands or use an alcohol hand rub after repositioning a patient in bed.

a. True
b. False

4.   It is not necessary to change gloves during patient care if moving from a contaminated body site to a clean body site.

a. True
b. False

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.

a. True
b. False  

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.

a. True
b. False

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.

a. True
b. False

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.

a. True
b. False

14. Personal protective equipment (PPE) use and knowledge is important to employee/patient/residents care.

a. True
b. False

15. As an employee, I know and appropriately use PPE when caring for patients/residents.

a. True
b. False


Employee name: _____________________________________ 

Supervisor/reviewer signature: _________________________                                                     

Primary department: ____________________         Missed questions reviewed: _____________

Date: ____________________________                  Date: _______________________________


1.   b.
2.   a.
3.   b.
4.   b.
5.   f.
6.   a.
7.   b.
8.   a.
9.   e.
10. e.
11. a.
12. d.
13. b.
14. a.
15. a.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hand hygiene and other standard precautions to prevent healthcare-associated infection. Available at: Accessed January 8, 2010.


Contributed by Joan Bahr, MS, RD, CDE
Vicki Becker, RN, CIC

Review Date 1/10



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