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Clean hands for all


Today is Global Handwashing Day, a global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.

hub content on handwashing:

WHO: Guidance on engaging patients and patient organisations in hand hygiene initiatives

Safety and Health Practitioner: Tips for hand hygiene 

Hand washing dance - this is how we do it

What initiatives are in your hospital to ensure "clean hands for all"? Share your tips on the hub.

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It's good to shine a light on certain important interventions such as hand hygiene in healthcare, and this is why such days exist. WHO, with its May 5 annual campaign on hand hygiene in health care https://www.who.int/infection-prevention/campaigns/clean-hands/en/, and this complementary Global Handwashing day campaign. Both can and should work in synergy - and this is part of sustaining improvement. It's no accident that both campaigns occur in the months they do - May 5th (representing the 5 digits on a hand and reinforcing the 5 Moments) and October (tenth month, ten digits). Together, at the very least, we have a global focus on the fact that hand hygiene in healthcare and beyond remains a [patient safety] problem, not yet solved and that this focus occurs every six months can only be a good thing. Important not to overlook that from a patient safety perspective hand hygiene could be described as a modifiable behavioural risk factor for the development of a devastating and fatal healthcare associated infection. Finally, many people choose to use edutainment to promote better adherence with recommended hand hygiene. This paper that I prepared earlier with colleagues here and in Australia may be of interest to those considering developing their own edutainment approaches: https://www.ajicjournal.org/article/S0196-6553(18)30575-3/abstract

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