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Mayo Clinic Talks Episode 204: Be Safe Not Sorry: Teaching Patients Proper Handwashing Technique

Mayo Clinic Talks

Mayo Clinic Talks Podcast

Episode 204: Be Safe Not Sorry: Teaching Patients Proper Handwashing Technique

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Recorded October, 2020

Gregory A. Poland, M.D.

Many of us learned how to wash our hands at a very early age and have relearned the importance and proper technique periodically along the way. Research suggests that many people may not be doing it correctly. Dr. Greg Poland a Professor of Medicine in Infectious Disease at the Mayo Clinic joins us for National Hand Washing Awareness Week to discuss some tips and tricks to share with your patients to ensure they’re reaching the full potential of this life-saving technique. He’ll also answer questions like does it matter if the water is hot? Is handwashing with soap more effective than anti-bacterial gel or lotions? And, when should we be washing our hands? 

Additional resources mentioned (not an endorsement or affiliation): 

Glo Germ: Visual Tool for Handwashing  

Jimmy Kimmel and Guillermo Learn How to Wash Their Hands 

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Target Audience

This course is intended for primary care providers: physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the Mayo Clinic Talks Podcast course, learners should be able to:

  • Describe the current treatment recommendations for patients with hyperlipidemia.
  • List the various categories of hypertension.
  • Describe the current pharmacologic treatment available for patients with osteoporosis.

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Course summary
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  • 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 0.25 Attendance
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Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Available Credit

  • 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 0.25 Attendance


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