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It’s In Your Hands - preventing sepsis in healthcare by promoting hand hygiene

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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.

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