The Day of Hand Hygiene takes place annually on 5 May. Originally initiated by the World Health Organization (WHO), a reminder about hand hygiene could not be more appropriate at the current time. At the moment intensive hand washing with soap is an essential part in reducing the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19.
The date for the World Day has been carefully chosen. According to the WHO, 05.05. stands symbolically for the two times five fingers of the human being. The day can be traced back to the campaign "Save Lives: Clean Your Hands", which was primarily intended to remind medical personnel of hand hygiene measures. With the help of hand disinfectants pathogens on the skin are reduced to prevent transmission from one patient to the next. At the same time, it provides protection for staff as well.
The Robert Koch Institute provides a page with information about hand hygiene in the health care system as a part of infection protection.
Since 2008, the 'Clean Hands Campaign' has existed as a national campaign with the aim of improving the compliance of hand disinfection in German healthcare facilities. This year the focus of the campaign is on communicating the contents in a more playful way. For this purpose, a quiz was created that incorporates the known methods of action and is available in both analogue and digital form on the campaign website.
The Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research HZI offers a page with information about hand hygiene as well. In addition to recommendations from researchers in the field of infection immunology, the site also points out the risks of inadequate hand hygiene.
Products and exhibitors around hygiene
Exhibitors and products related to this topic can be found in the catalogue of MEDICA 2019: