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Clean care for all – it's in your hands

Martyn Hodgkinson
May 07, 2019

WHO5Each year, hundreds of millions of patients around the world are affected by healthcare associated infections (HCAIs). HCAIs are the most frequent adverse event in healthcare, with hand hygiene having a critical impact on infection prevention and control.  Most HCAIs are preventable through good hand hygiene; by cleaning hands at the right times and in the right way.

My 5th was World Hand Hygiene day sponsored by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The campaign aims to maintain a global profile on the importance of hand hygiene in health care and bring people together in support of hand hygiene improvement globally.


The theme for 2019  was “Clean care for all – it's in your hands”, with the key messages being sent to:


  • Health workers: “Champion clean care – it’s in your hands."
  • IPC leaders: “Monitor infection prevention and control standards – take action and improve practices.”
  • Health facility leaders: "Is your facility up to WHO infection control and hand hygiene standards? Take part in the WHO survey 2019 and take action!”
  • Ministries of health: "Does your country meet infection prevention and control standards? Monitor and act to achieve quality universal health coverage."
  • Patient advocacy groups: "Ask for clean care – it’s your right."


Here at SC Johnson Professional, we’re passionate supporters of implementing the correct hand hygiene methods and using the most appropriate hand hygiene products.


Five Moments for Hand Hygiene has emerged from the WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Healthcare to add value to any hand hygiene improvement strategy. Quite simply, it defines the key moments for hand hygiene, which are shown in the diagram below.


5 moments blue.


There are a number of ways to get involved:


For more resources on hand hygiene, take a look at the following articles:



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