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World Hand Hygiene Day 2022

May 04, 2022 | Jaclyn Abramson

This year’s theme for World Hand Hygiene Day on May 5 is focused on recognizing that we can add to a facility’s climate or culture of safety and quality through cleaning our hands but also that a strong quality and safety culture will encourage people to clean hands at the right times and with the right products.

Unite, talk, and work together on hand hygiene for high quality safer care everywhere.

NACCHO would like to thank each of our partners involved in this mission:

  • Health care workers: thank you for leading by example and encouraging others to clean their hands.
  • IPC practitioners: thank you for engaging health workers to be part of new hand hygiene initiatives.
  • Quality and safety leads: thank you for working with infection prevention colleagues to support hand hygiene improvement.
  • Facility managers: thank you for promoting a quality and safety culture to ensure clean hands.
  • Policy makers: thank you for prioritizing resources, training, and programs on hand hygiene.
  • People who use health care: thank you for getting involved in local hand hygiene campaigns and activities.

When a health facility’s “quality and safety climate or culture” values hand hygiene and infection prevention and control (IPC), both patients and health workers feeling protected and cared for.

To prioritize clean hands in health facilities, people at all levels need to believe in the importance of hand hygiene and IPC to save lives, by acting as key players in achieving the appropriate behaviors and attitudes towards it. In other words, health workers at all levels and people accessing health care facilities need to unite to ensure clean hands.



Please join the World Health Organization in their Global Webinar Series to celebrate World Hand Hygiene Day!

When: Thursday, May 5

13:30-15:00 CET │ 7:30am EST, 12.30pm BST, 1:30pm CEST, 5pm IST, 7:30pm PHT

Outline: When people seek health care, they are hoping to get better. Too often, however, they end up getting a new, avoidable infection – which is often resistant to antimicrobials and can sometimes even be fatal.

When a health facility’s “quality and safety climate or culture” values hand hygiene and infection prevention and control (IPC), this results in both patients and health workers feeling protected and cared for.

That is why the World Hand Hygiene Day (WHHD) theme for 2022 is a “health care quality and safety climate or culture” that values hand hygiene and IPC, and the slogan is “Unite for safety: clean your hands.”

This webinar will bring together experts from WHO and from academic institutions and leaders from the field to discuss how a strong institutional quality and safety climate or culture that values hand hygiene and IPC is a critical element of effective strategies to reduce the spread of infection and antimicrobial resistance. New evidence on this as well as priorities for research in this area identified by WHO will be presented. With the help of a facilitator, participants will have the unique opportunity to dialogue with the expert panel and bring their experiences. The webinar will also be the exceptional moment for the launch of the first WHO global report on IPC.

Now is the time to unite by talking about and working together on an institutional safety climate that believes in hand hygiene for IPC and high-quality, safe care!

Objectives:

  • To go over the new WHO hand hygiene research agenda and evidence on the role of health care quality and safety climate or culture for hand hygiene improvement.
  • To describe a range of experiences regarding the evidence for and efforts to support a health care quality culture and safety climate through clean hands and IPC programs of work.
  • To launch the first WHO global report on IPC.

Click here to register.


About Jaclyn Abramson

Jaclyn Abramson is a Program Analyst on the NACCHO Infectious Disease team. Learn more about how NACCHO works with local health departments to strengthen their capacity to prevent and control infectious diseases here.

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