Research for infection protection

World Hand Hygiene Day 2020:
Our gratitude goes to all the nurses and midwives

This year's “World Hand Hygiene Day” of the World Health Organization (WHO) on May 5th will again run under the title “SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands”. Because good care is in the hands of all health care workers around the world, so, also in the hands of nurses and midwives. Millions of nurses and midwives around the world are presented with great challenges in their daily routine. Their tasks are very demanding, and as if this was not enough, there is also a lack of staff in healthcare facilities worldwide.

The World Health Assembly has designated 2020 as the “Year of the Nurse and Midwife” to shine a public spotlight on their difficult situation: in many countries, the number of full-time employees is declining, while the number of cases is increasing. The effect on the care rate is considerable, becoming even more evident in situations such as the current coronavirus pandemic. This results in both substantial overtime and an extended range of tasks for the nursing staff. Time pressure and the pressure to perform increase. Not to forget the high physical strain caused by lifting and carrying heavy loads. Midwives also often forego breaks and have to take on tasks beyond their own field of activity. Both professional groups therefore deserve our gratitude.

To support the outstanding work of nurses and midwives, WHO calls on all politicians around the world: "Increase the number of nursing staff to prevent infections and improve the quality of care. Create the means to empower nurses and midwives.”

Role model Florence Nightingal

A great idol for all nurses and midwives is Florence Nightingale, whose 200th birthday is celebrated this year. As a determined warrior for life, she established modern nursing in the middle of the 19th century. At the heart of her combat: strict hand hygiene, thereby saving the lives of millions of nurses and patients. Today, modern nursing staff and midwives continue this beautiful tradition with their tireless commitment to health. Despite all the challenges, through careful hand hygiene they avoid several million infections, for example nosocomial infections.

Your good deeds become visible
The HARTMANN campaign package for viewing and downloading

HARTMANN’s campaign package with all the material encourages nursing staff to make their good deeds visible and keep alive the memory of the relevance of good hand hygiene.


Disinfected hands protect lives

If hand hygiene and skin protection plans were adhered to even more consistently, the number of these infections would once again decrease considerably. Good reason for HARTMANN to again support the general campaign tagline “SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands” this year and to combine it with its own campaign “Thank you for your good deeds.” To ensure that all healthcare workers continue to perform good deeds. Always following Florence Nightingale's plea: the own safety and the safety of the patients begins with the hand hygiene of the staff. Let us take May 5th to remember this and to keep it in our memory for the future. The motto: Good deeds—that protect, because those who regularly disinfect their hands save lives.

Poster "Being Good"
  • Use the “Being Good” poster to show what good deeds you are proud of. For example, write down “We participate: we protect ourselves and our patients with high hand hygiene compliance”. Or simply enter your name to show that you are all involved in "Being Good".
Poster "Good deeds"
  • Use the "Good Deeds" poster to initiate, for example, "The good deed of the day" in your ward and present it on the notice board.
Quick Poll
  • The questionnaire "What is good" can be used for an employee survey in your ward or institution to help you review the status quo and improve hand hygiene practices in your ward or institution.

Poster of the WHO Private Organizations for Patient Safety (POPS) on 5.5.2020

Poster: NursesPoster: Midwives
Main posterPoster Nurses
Poster Midwives
Poster: IPC LeadersPoster: Policy MakersPoster: Patients and Families
Poster IPC LeadersPoster Policy Makers
Poster Patients and Families

And please remember: "Your work is important! Your patients rely on you! So please continue to “SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands!”