World Hand Hygiene Day

May 5th, 2023 with a symbolic plea: the fifth day of the fifth month in the year stands for the five fingers on our hand.The yearly World Hand Hygiene Day aims to maintain global promotion, visibility and sustainability of hand hygiene in health care.

Händehygiene mit schülke

Hands are not only our most important working tool, they are also a frequent transmission route for pathogens.​

About 80% of infectious diseases are transmitted by unclean hands touching contaminated surfaces. 1 The pathogens most commonly known here include viral pathogens, such as cold and flu viruses, as well as bacterial pathogens, which can lead to gastrointestinal infections, among other things.​

Also droplet and aerosol infections, such as the SARS-CoV-2 virus, might be spread via the hands. ​

Regular and correctly performed hand disinfection is not only crucial for minimizing the risk of infections, but also promotes a sustainable culture of safety and quality in terms of the ideal infection prevention.​


Everyone can accelerate action at the point of care and help break infection chains.

As healthcare workers touch their patients many hundreds of times a day, it is their responsibility to safeguard this connection when accompanying patients on the road to recovery. How? By taking the few seconds of disinfecting their hands, so they provide their patients with the feeling that they are in good hands worldwide everyday.Because hand hygiene and clean care is a signal of respect for people in need of care, protects the healthcare professionals who provide that necessary care, as well as everyone in everyday settings around the world every day.

Schütze Leben & Bleib Gesund

As a hygiene specialist, schülke is taking on the task of breaking infection chains - every day!

hand in hand for safety worldwide everyday
And since hand hygiene is known to be the most important measure to avoid (nosocomial) infections, schülke would also like to further raise awareness of the importance of hand hygiene in clinics, care facilities and among many other target groups.​

Placing our campaigns under the motto "PROTECT LIVES & STAY HEALTHY".

Hand hygiene as the most important measure in the fight against germs!

When performed at the right moments in patient care areas, hand hygiene saves millions of lives every year. Those 5 moments of hand disinfection have been defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

5 moments of handdisinfection

The point of care plays a particularly important role in the health sector!

Three main components combined make this place highly infection-critica: patient, medical staff and treatment!​

The uncomplicated availability of hand disinfectants is crucial. Adding to decisive key factors for successful hand disinfection are the use of the disinfectant at the right moments while using the right technique.​

schülke offers a complete and compatible range of products: from effective and gentle hand disinfection and cleaning to skin protection and care. Efficacy of the individual products – also in combined use – has been confirmed in numerous studies and meets national and international requirements. To make you feel safe every day.​

Hand disinfection

schülke hand disinfectants of the brands desderman® and desmanol® are equally popular among professional users. The reasons for this are obvious in the truest sense of the word: Their broad efficacy and excellent skin tolerance ensure this – demonstrated both in various studies and by millions of uses in the health care sector. Our products are particularly suitable for high-frequency daily use – for the duration of the entire work life.

Hand protection

Our skin protection for the hands includes a whole range of specific measures to keep the skin healthy. schülke sensiva® skin protection lotion and cream are therefore designed to protect the skin from irritation. They are used on the hands before starting work, before activities that are stressful to the skin and after washing hands. Compatibility of skin protection products with other hand hygiene products is therefore particularly important. This is exactly what you can rely on when using schülke products, which have been thought through in the finest detail.

Hand care

Skin care is a component of skin protection. sensiva® skin care products are used when needed, after activities stressful to the skin and after work – they help regenerating the skin. Here, too, we guarantee compatibility with schülke hand disinfectants. At the same time, the disinfectant action is not limited, but – on the contrary – remains highly effective.


Cleaning the hands before starting work and when visibly dirty removes dirt and micro-organisms. Our sensiva® wash lotion with skin-friendly surfactant cleans hands gently and thoroughly.

Everything within reach at the point of care

At schülke, we support hand hygiene compliance not only through the broad efficacy and excellent skin compatibility of our hand disinfectants, but also through their process-oriented placement, for example, with the hyclick® system in the direct patient environment. Read more about this


Supporting materials and information on hand disinfection at the point of care available via download.

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1 National Center for Preparedness, Detection, and Control of Infectious Diseases (NCPDCID) and National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, and Enteric Diseases (NCZVED),

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