WHO Global Hand Hygiene Day, 5 May 2018

01 May 2018

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The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on health facilities to prevent health care-associated sepsis through hand hygiene and infection prevention and control (IPC) action. Sepsis is estimated to affect more than 30 million patients every year worldwide and on World Hand Hygiene Day the focus for everyone should be on prevention of sepsis in health care.

The calls to action are:

  • Health workers: ‘Take 5 Moments to clean your hands to prevent sepsis in health care.’
  • IPC leaders: ‘Be a champion in promoting hand hygiene to prevent sepsis in health care.’
  • Health facility leaders: ‘Prevent sepsis in health care, make hand hygiene a quality indicator in your hospital.’
  • Ministries of health: ‘Implement the 2017 World Health Authority sepsis resolution. Make hand hygiene a national marker of health care quality.’
  • Patient advocacy groups: ‘Ask for 5 Moments of clean hands to prevent sepsis in health care.’

Health Protection Scotland (HPS) is supporting WHO Global Hand Hygiene Day and would encourage NHS boards and organisations to support this day locally. HPS will be issuing tweets on the run up to the day and using hashtags #handhygiene and #sepsis.

More information on Global Hand Hygiene Day can be accessed on the WHO website.