Q: Why do the 5 Moments not include hand hygiene before touching furniture in the patient’s immediate vicinity?
A: The 5 Moments has been developed around the basis of pathogen transmission. There is not an indication to perform hand hygiene before touching the patients surroundings.
Q: Do I need to complete all 5 Moments everytime I am in a clinical setting?
No. The 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene are guidelines for when you need to perform hand hygiene in the healthcare setting. You only complete hand hygiene for the activities that you do. i.e. if you walk in and touch a patient then walk out; you need to complete hand hygiene before touching the patient (Moment 1), then after touching a patient (Moment 4).