Global Hand Hygiene Day

5 May is global hand hygiene day. Each year the "SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands" campaign by the World Health Organisation, 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 the theme is "Fight antibiotic resistance - it's in your hands", with calls to action for different target groups:

  • Health workers: “Clean your hands at the right times and stop the spread of antibiotic resistance.”
  • Hospital Chief Executive Officers and Administrators: “Lead a year-round infection prevention and control programme to protect your patients from resistant infections."
  • Policy makers: "Stop antibiotic resistance spread by making infection prevention and hand hygiene a national policy priority."
  • IPC leaders: "Implement WHO’s Core Components for infection prevention, including hand hygiene, to combat antibiotic resistance.”

There is also a great link to a wealth of online training materials, in particular on hygiene in healthcare settings.

One of the challenges within a health care organisation is to have all health professionals on the same page regarding the hand hygiene. Sharing best practice workshops help to get professionals on the same page and agree on joint approaches. Transmissible helps you raise awareness with audiovisual messages and serious games. In addition, we help you organise and moderate workshops.

Do you want to see an overview of 250 years of Hand Hygiene? Click on the timeline below

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