Hand hygiene has had a high prominence in the context of COVID-19 during the past year. World Hand Hygiene Day, celebrated each year on the 5 May, and led by the World Health Organization (WHO), presents an annual opportunity to keep this important patient safety intervention firmly on the international and national agenda beyond a global pandemic. This year we are prompted not to forget the critical times for hand hygiene, and particularly the valuable role that healthcare workers and all those who support them play, in achieving effective hand hygiene action at the point of care.
My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene
The My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene approach defines the key moments when healthcare workers should perform hand hygiene.
This evidence-based, field-tested, user-centred approach is designed to be easy to learn, logical and applicable in a wide range of settings. This approach recommends health-care workers to clean their hands:
before touching a patient,
before clean/aseptic procedures,
after body fluid exposure/risk,
after touching a patient, and
after touching patient surroundings.
Dentures in the healthcare setting
End of life care
Falls at home
Getting the right diagnosis
Influenza (the flu)
Medication safety at home
Medication safety: Hospital and doctor's office
Metric-based patient weights
Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS)
Norovirus (stomach flu)
Obstructive sleep apneoa
Pressure injuries (bed sores)