Each year, hundreds of millions of patients around the world are affected by healthcare associated infections (HCAIs). HCAIs are the most frequent adverse event in healthcare, with hand hygiene having a critical impact on infection prevention and control. Most HCAIs are preventable through good hand hygiene; by cleaning hands at the right times and in the right way.
My 5th was World Hand Hygiene day sponsored by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The campaign aims to maintain a global profile on the importance of hand hygiene in health care and bring people together in support of hand hygiene improvement globally.
The theme for 2019 was “Clean care for all – it's in your hands”, with the key messages being sent to:
Here at SC Johnson Professional, we’re passionate supporters of implementing the correct hand hygiene methods and using the most appropriate hand hygiene products.
Five Moments for Hand Hygiene has emerged from the WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Healthcare to add value to any hand hygiene improvement strategy. Quite simply, it defines the key moments for hand hygiene, which are shown in the diagram below.
There are a number of ways to get involved:
For more resources on hand hygiene, take a look at the following articles:
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