Celebrating World Hand Hygiene Day

Posted

3rd May 2019

Events and exhibitions

As we come towards 5th May, it’s time to celebrate global hand hygiene day! This year, the theme for the WHO’s campaign is ‘Clean care for all – it’s in your hands’.

The WHO team in Geneva have published editorials in a range of journals (including one here in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology) outlining the details of the campaign. The campaign includes individual calls to action for different staff groups. This is a good message: regardless of your professional background or role, hand hygiene is in your hands! The campaign and also launches a Global Survey on Hand Hygiene (details here).

The idea of ‘Clean care for all’ is broader than just hand hygiene – and encompasses the cleaning and disinfection of surfaces and medical devices in what is a ‘multi-modal’ approach to infection prevention. The transmission of pathogenic micro-organisms between patients occurs through a complex network of vectors and fomites. If we are to prevent the transmission of pathogens that cause HCAI in hospitals, it’s no good just focussing on hand hygiene – otherwise the organisms will ‘choose’ an alternative route (see the Diagram below)!

Chain of transmission

Diagram: Dynamic transmission routes of microorganisms that can cause HCAI

Share this article

Tags

Latest News

Blog
blood_cuff.jpg

The risk of cross-transmission from blood pressure cuffs

Blood pressure cuffs come into frequent contact with the skin of patie…

Events and exhibitions
IPS19_larger.png

Highlights from Infection Prevention 2019

We had a lovely time in Liverpool for Infection Prevention 2019 – we h…

Blog
disinfectant_wipes.jpg

An assessment of early onset surface damage from disinfectan…

The prospect of surface damage related to material compatibility is a …

Blog
generic_wiping_slim.jpg

Systematic review on disinfectant wipes for surface disinfec…

A Portuguese research group have just published a helpful systematic r…