World Hand Hygiene Day 2018

World Hand Hygiene Day takes place on May 5th 2018. This year the World Health Organisation (WHO) SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign aims to bring people together in support of hand hygiene globally and focuses on the prevention of sepsis in health care.

Sepsis is a potentially life threatening complication of an infection that affects more than 30 million patients worldwide each year. It is the leading cause of death from infection and is a contributory factor in one third of all hospital deaths. As 1 in 10 patients worldwide will acquire at least one health care associated infection (HCAI) that can potentially develop into sepsis, hand hygiene is vitally important to prevent the spread of micro-organisms including bacteria, viruses and fungi from healthcare workers to patients.

WHO urges ministries of health, health facility leaders, IPC leaders; healthcare workers and patient advocacy groups take action on hand hygiene to prevent sepsis in health care.

What can health care workers do to improve hand hygiene in Irish health care settings?

  • Follow WHO 5 moments of hand hygiene so you perform hand hygiene at appropriate times
  • Remember to always clean your hands when donning and removing gloves
  • Wash your hands with soap and water when your hands are visibly soiled
  • Discuss the importance of hand hygiene with patients and their relatives
  • Lead by example-be a hand hygiene champion

Let’s act together, “It’s in your hands-prevent sepsis in health care”

World Hand Hygiene Day 5th May 2018

For further information on WHO SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign

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