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My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene

My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene

The My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene approach defines the key moments when health-care 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.
My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene

Find out more about My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene by clicking the links below.

WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care

Hand Hygiene Posters

Hand Hygiene When and How Leaflet

A summary of when and how to perform hand hygiene.

'My five moments for hand hygiene': a user-centred design approach to understand, train, monitor and report hand hygiene

Sax H, et al. J Hosp Infect 2007; 67(1): 9–21

Key Measures for Prevention and Control of Ebola Virus Disease

SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands promotional video

Key documents

WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care (revised Aug 2009)

Guide to implementation of the WHO multimodal hand hygiene improvement strategy (revised Aug 2009)

Contact us

For more information about Clean Care is Safer Care, please contact the team at savelives@who.int.