Time to master the ‘5 moments of hand hygiene’

Our procedure focuses on the World Health Organisation’s ‘5 moments of hand hygiene’ and outlines when you should practice hand hygiene:

  1. before touching a patient
  2. before a procedure
  3. after a procedure or body fluid exposure risk
  4. after touching a patient
  5. after touching a patient’s surroundings

It’s in everyone’s best interests to actively stay focused on each of the ‘moments’.

Hand hygiene is everyone’s responsibility – if you see someone miss this essential step in infection prevention, call them on it as one professional to another.

And while you are on it, refresh your knowledge of how to use personal protective equipment – it’s another important way we have of protecting you, your colleagues, and your patients. Check out the video with important refresher information here.


Download hand hygiene posters now

To take further action, download posters for your ward and entranceways. There are several options:


Read more about hand hygiene procedures on PROMPT

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