Patient Safety Tool: My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene Poster

The "My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene" approach defines the key moments when healthcare workers should perform hand hygiene, according to the World Health Organization.


This evidence-based, field-tested, user-centered approach is designed to be easy to learn, logical and applicable in a wide range of settings.


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This approach recommends healthcare 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.


To download a poster created by the WHO explaining the "My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene" approach to display at your facility, click here (pdf).


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