This year the WHO SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign on May 5th focuses on:
Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog
The WHO's SAVE LIVES, Clean Your Hands May 5th campaign is coming up fast. This year's focus is not only on hand hygiene but also its role in combating antibiotic resistance. It’s a time to raise awareness, discuss and come up with solutions. So we asked ourselves this question:
Most of us know at least one person in our lives whose birthday falls on another special day, such as New Year’s, Canada Day, Halloween, and of course, Christmas. For these lucky individuals, there are two opportunities for revelries as they mark the day of their birth as well as a traditionally known day of joy. For those of us within the close circle of that individual, we also get to share in the multiple festivities.
Ever heard of the Butterfly Effect? It’s a phenomenon conceptualized by the late MIT professor, Edward Lorenz, in which small, seemingly insignificant events such as the flapping of the wings of a butterfly can lead to dramatic differences in the larger context; in this case, a tornado thousands of miles away. The goal of Lorenz’s work was to point out the fragile nature of weather forecasting in a chaotic world but his analogy has become a staple in many different realms, including infection control.
More than 400 healthcare professionals from across the United States participated in a recent survey that looked at the methods used to gather hand hygiene data, the reliability of that data and the commitment of healthcare facilities to improving hand hygiene. The survey reinforced the sentiment that healthcare professionals are committed to reducing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), but also uncovered that they are not employing the methods that they believe reflect best practices.
A nurse who survived a severe hospital acquired infection and the physician who created healthcare's well-known "My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene" program discuss the stubborn nature of handwashing compliance and tips for hospitals to improve it.