Hand washing and hand sanitising training for nurses

What are the five moments for hand hygiene?

In 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) introduced “The Five Moments of Hand Hygiene” in an attempt to reduce the number of healthcare-related infections.

5 moments of hand hygiene

The guidelines were adopted by many organisations and your student.

The 5 “moments” are:

  1. Before touching a patient
  2. Before clean/aseptic procedures
  3. After body fluid exposure risk
  4. After touching a patient
  5. After touching a patient’s surroundings

That's all very well, but ...

Getting nurses to clean their hands at these moments is one thing. Getting them to do it well is quite another.

The trouble for any trainer is that most nurses will tell you that they already know how to wash and sanitise their hands. It takes something more than a quick demo and a hand washing poster in the staff room to change their minds.

That’s where GlitterBug comes in.

GlitterBug Potion provides a confronting visual demonstration of how poor hand washing can leave germs on hands – germs that can infect other patients or the nurses themselves.

GlitterBug Gel does the same thing with hand sanitising. Nurses can see instantly the areas that are being missed by the alcohol sanitiser.