Annual call to action: Every year on May 5th, the World Health Organization (WHO) reminds people around the world that hand hygiene is an essential part of infection prevention and control (IPC).

As proud participant of the WHO Private Organizations for Patient Safety (POPS), OPHARDT hygiene supports the WHO „Clean is Safer Care program” and the WHO global patient safety campaign “SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands”.

With the 2017 motto: „'Fight antibiotic resistance - it's in your hands' “ the campaign focuses on the fight against antibiotic resistance in the context of hand hygiene and infection prevention and control.

SAVE LIVES: Clean your Hands

The WHO “My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene” approach defines the key
moments when health-care workers should perform hand hygiene.
It is easy to learn  and can significantly contribute to the prevention of infection.

Health care worker should disinfect their hands

  1. before patient contact
  2. before an antiseptic task
  3. following the risk of  exposure to body fluids
  4. following patient contact
  5. following the contact with the surroundings of patients




Getting to the root of the problem: Positive effects of hand hygiene

Thorough hand hygiene is an essential part of infection prevention and control (IPC).
Health care workers can significantly contribute to the fight against antibiotic resistance by disinfecting their hands at the right times (“My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene", see picture above).

However, implementing hand hygiene practices in daily routine is challenging: The compliance with the recommendations for hand washing and hand disinfection is often low.

With more than 50 years of expertise in the field of medical hand hygiene, OPHARDT hygiene system solutions support health care workers integrate hand hygiene into their daily routines, thus improving hand hygiene sustainably.

Breaking the chain of infection and reducing the need for antibiotics by cleaning and disinfecting your hands!

Bild1Support the initiative!

There are numerous ways how to support the WHO Save Lives: Clean Your Hands initiative. 
Please visit the SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands - WHO's global website for more information:

Bild2>> www.who.int/gpsc/5may/en/