The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a campaign ‘SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands’ to prevent healthcare-associated sepsis as part of World Hand Hygiene Day.
World Hand Hygiene Day will be held on Saturday 5 May 2018, calling on health care professionals to promote the following calls to action:
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 WHA 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.”
Print-out resources to help raise awareness on World Hand Hygiene Day can be found here.
Sepsis affects more than 30 million patients every year worldwide, including mothers and babies.
Because of this, Member States adopted a resolution on improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of sepsis at the Seventieth World Health Assembly in May 2017.
Get involved in raising awareness by using the hashtag #HandHygiene.
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