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Only 20% of healthcare workers can recall 5 hand-washing guidelines, study finds

Date: Thu 9th May 2019

Compliance with the World Health Organization's "My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene" approach is low, a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control found.

Using a modified WHO hand hygiene observation form, researchers examined compliance with the five moments for hand hygiene approach at a healthcare facility from July to August 2016. They also used a 26-question survey to gather healthcare workers' knowledge and opinions on hand hygiene. They then conducted a two-round focused survey with a subgroup of healthcare workers.

The WHO's five moments to perform hand hygiene are as follows:

• Before touching a patient
• Before clean/aseptic procedures
• After body fluid exposure/risk
• After touching a patient
• After touching patient surroundings

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