Professor Didier Pittet serves as the director of the Infection Control Programme at the University of Geneva Hospitals... read more
There is no doubt that the core element of infection prevention is hand hygiene – and the most effective measure against nosocomial (hospital-acquired) infection is hygienic and surgical hand disinfection. By ensuring a high level of compliance, medical and nursing staff not only protect patients, but also themselves. Beyond that, hand care, occupational skin protection and precisely knowing when to cleanse hands form the basis for healthy skin.
Use this page to find out about applicable guidelines and current findings in the field of professional hand hygiene, read interesting interviews with scientists and get inspired by hand hygiene actions.
Hand hygiene is infection prevention
By introducing the 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene, the World Health Organization (WHO) has created a model and a worldwide campaign that provide concrete guidance for implementing hygienic hand disinfection in daily routine.