We are marking World Hand Hygiene Day (5th May) this year by encouraging our staff, patients and visitors to continue to think about the importance of clean hands.
The World Health Organisation’s annual SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign is a global drive to improve hand hygiene in health care, celebrated every year on 5 May with participation from around the world.
It’s been such a challenging time over the last 12 months or so, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, good hand hygiene practices are tremendously important to prevent the risk of transmission, as part of a comprehensive package of public health and infection control measures. Effective hand hygiene also prevents any infection acquired in health care, the spread of antimicrobial resistance and other emerging health threats.
Thus, celebrating World Hand Hygiene Day on 5th May is more important than ever, to help sustain the promotion of this basic but critical action.
The theme this year is to achieve effective hand hygiene action at the point of care by ensuring that we are not only performing hand hygiene when it is necessary (5 moments and as part of safe donning / doffing of PPE) but also to make sure that we are using the right technique.
Rhiannon Jones, our Executive Director of Nursing is supporting the campaign:
"I am pleased to support and promote ‘World Hand Hygiene Day’ with this year's theme: effective hand hygiene at the point of care. We know that clean hands saves lives. I would, therefore, urge all staff, now more than ever, to habitually clean their hands and champion good hand hygiene practice. Hand hygiene is the most simple and effective action to reduce the spread of pathogens and prevent infection. It’s in your hands so clean your hands."
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