World Hand Hygiene Day


With the focus on sepsis, this year's World Hand Hygiene Day addresses one of the most common causes of death around the globe.

Sepsis: A fatal risk

Accounting for around 31 million infections and 5 million deaths per year, sepsis ranks among the most frequent causes of death throughout the world 2. Whether due to a surgical procedure or a supposedly harmless injury: every infection can develop into a blood poisoning. One key to prevent this dangerous illness therefore is to prevent the preceding nosocomial infection - for example through hygiene measures, such as hand disinfection. The reason: experts assume that up to 90 % of all pathogens are transmitted via the hands and estimate that one out of three hospital infections can be prevented by hand hygiene measures 3, 4.

It is in your hands: Measures for improved hand hygiene

Efficient hand hygiene can prevent the transmission of pathogens - and thus also nosocomial infections that may develop into a dangerous sepsis. Take charge of hand hygiene now: with these two approaches for a sustainably enhanced hand hygiene compliance.

Use an alcohol-based hand disinfectant with replenishing properties

  • State of the art: according to the World Health Organization (WHO) alcohol-based rubs are the gold standard in hand hygiene and an effective weapon against the transmission of pathogens 5
  • Sterillium®, the pioneer among the alcohol-based hand disinfectants, convinces with more than 50 years of user experience
  • Achieving 30 % more skin hydration with regular use, Sterillium® offers best compliance opportunities
  • Rapid and comprehensive antimicrobial activity combined with good skin tolerability - even with long-term use

Establish optimised working processes for more success with hand hygiene

  • Healthcare workers learn the necessary hygiene measures through the example of a concrete work process and thus gain experience and certainty
  • A standardised process for placing a peripheral venous catheter could increase the compliance by 45 % and thus considerably reduce the risk of sepsis 6

Have a try now: Learn how to reduce the risk of sepsis by a standardised working process

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Become part of a global movement against sepsis - 20 465 facilities around the globe already participate! 

  • Be a pioneer in hand hygiene - for your patients
  • Share your successes and challenges with other participants
  • Learn from other health experts' experience 


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1 World Health Organization. Health care without avoidable infections. The critical role of infection prevention and control. 2016.
2 (accessed on 16 March 2018) 
3 Kramer, A.; Händehygiene - Patienten- und Personalschutz; GMS Krankenhaushyg Interdiszip 2006;1(1):Doc14 
4 (accessed on 26 March 2018).
5 World Health Organization, WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care. First Global Safety Challenge Clean Care is Safer Care. 2009.
6 Kampf, G. et al. Improving patient safety during insertion of peripheral venous catheters: an observational intervention study. GMS Hyg Infect Control, 2013; 8(2):Doc18.