Each year the SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign aims to progress the goal of maintaining a global profile on the importance of hand hygiene in health care and to ‘bring people together’ in support of hand hygiene improvement globally.
This year May 5th is focused on improving hand hygiene practices in all surgical services. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “Preventing infections and reducing an avoidable burden on health systems is still critical around the world today and is part of making sure every health-care setting is safe for treating every single patient. Surgical patients are at risk of health care-associated infections (HAI), in particular surgical site infections (SSI) and device-associated infections (e.g. catheter-associated urinary tract infection). SSIs are a burden on every health-care facility as featured in this WHO report from 2011.”
The WHO says that, “Most health care-associated infections are preventable through good hand hygiene – cleaning hands at the right times and in the right way.” Be sure to check out some of the great resources available from the WHO to promote effective hand hygiene best practice.
Additionally, Deb has joined up with the World Health Organisation to promote Hand Hygiene Awareness Day on the 5th of May.
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