Global Hand Hygiene day – May 5th

This coming Friday the 5th of May is global hand hygiene day

Hand hygiene refers to removing or killing microorganisms (germs) on the hands. When performed correctly, hand hygiene is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of communicable diseases and infections. In health care, hand hygiene is used to eliminate transient microorganisms that have been picked up via contact with patients, contaminated equipment or the environment. Hand hygiene may be performed either by washing hand with a liquid soap and water , or with alcohol-based hand rubs.

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The Who’s (World health organisation) global hand hygiene day on May the 5th has the slogan:

“Fight antibiotic resistance – it’s in your hands” WHO urges you to focus on the fight against antibiotic resistance in the context of hand hygiene and infection prevention and control (IPC) programmes

Many of our residents in aged care are colonised or infected with a multi-drug resistant organism such as MRSA, ESBL, VRE or Clostridium difficile.  The approach taken in aged care to isolation tends to be different to a hospital because we are dealing with the residents home, and we are trying to preserve their dignity and privacy as much as possible. This approach that we take in aged care to antibiotic resistant organisms really advocates and promotes the need for really good hand hygiene, complying with the 5 moments of Hand hygiene.

Below are some resources that will assist you in promoting and educating others on the importance of hand hygiene:

Resources/posters and general information
Free online education module:
Free webbers teleclass on May 5th – Fight Antibiotic resistance: It’s in your hands:
Podcast – Washing your hands:

Free webinar:




Have a great week





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