May 5th – World Hand Hygiene Day
This week the WHO’s SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign takes place globally.
The event hopes to spread awareness among healthcare workers of how to prevent infectious diseases – including sepsis – by carrying out rigorous hand hygiene routines.
Shockingly, 70% of the world’s health care workers and 50% of surgical teams do not routinely practice hand hygiene, say the WHO.
This year’s slogan is “It’s in your hands - prevent sepsis in healthcare” and a raft of nurses and other healthcare workers have committed to organising displays, running hand hygiene classes and ensuring current practice meets the best standards possible.