5th May 2020 WHO Hand Hygiene Day and International Day of the Midwife – ‘Nurses and midwifes: clean care is in your hands’

Publication Date: 04 May 2020

WHO SAVE LIVES: Clean your hands’ day takes place on 5 May 2020. As 2020 is Year of the Nurse and the Midwife the 2020 campaign focuses on recognising the central role played by nurses and midwifes in infection prevention and control and hand hygiene best practices.

5th May 2020 is also International Day of the Midwife raising global recognition and awareness of the status of midwives and the essential care they provide to mothers and their newborns. Hand hygiene is an important part of this essential care.

We are all facing challenging times during the COVID-19 pandemic and nurses, midwifes and other healthcare workers are the frontline heroes helping save the lives of those affected. We all have a role to play in helping fight COVID-19, including the public, by adopting frequent hand hygiene as part of day-to-day practices.

Hand Hygiene is one of the most effective actions to reduce the spread of pathogens and prevent infections, including the COVID-19 virus. Conducting hand hygiene at the right time, using the right technique, with either ABHR or soap, water and disposable/clean towels is critical.

We support this every year and provide a hand hygiene day webpage with links to the campaign materials as well as guidance for healthcare workers and the public on hand hygiene and preventing infection https://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/hand-hygiene/#guidelines.