May 5 is World Hand Hygiene Day

As we approach World Hand Hygiene Day on May 5 it is important to remind ourselves about correct hand hygiene procedures. 

As staff, patients and visitors it is important that we all do our bit to prevent the spread of infection in our hospitals. 

At Sydney Children's Hospitals Network we provide alcohol-based gel in all parts of our facilities.

To wash your hands correctly you must pump the gel into your hands and rub it into the surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry.

In addition to this, we must remember the five key moments of hand hygiene. 

Wash your hands

  • before touching a patient,
  • before clean/aseptic procedures,
  • after body fluid exposure/risk,
  • after touching a patient.
  • after touching patient surroundings. 

Did you know?

  • Healthcare providers might need to clean their hands as many as 100 times per 12-hour shift.
  • Wearing gloves is NOT a substitute for cleaning your hands.
  • Most germs that cause healthcare-associated infections are spread by people’s actions.

To learn more about correct hand washing procedures and about World Hand Hygiene Day click here.