World Hand Hygiene Day is a time to highlight the importance of hand hygiene in health care. Proper hand hygiene is considered one of the most important methods of preventing and controlling infection in healthcare facilities – and the power is in your hands.
Today is World Hand Hygiene Day, which is a campaign by the World Health Organization (WHO) to promote hand hygiene in health care settings. SCA has shared new research on the prevalence of bacteria found within patient surrounding. The results reinforce the need for healthcare workers to wash or sanitize their hands after the “fifth moment” of hand hygiene, which is after touching patient surrounding such as textiles and surfaces.
May 5th marks World Hand Hygiene Day – a call to action to increase awareness and instances of effective hand hygiene.
To promote awareness around the tangible risks of infection during “the fifth moment,” SCA commissioned a study to better understand the pathogenic risks in a patient’s immediate surroundings. The examined surfaces harboured a wide variety of bacteria, some of which are potential pathogens and can lead to infections.
To combat these risks, SCA Tork brand suggests three meaningful ways to mitigate infection spread:
By Jim Arbogast, Ph.D., Hygiene Sciences and Public Health Advancements Vice President, GOJO Industries
May 5, 2017, marks the day that hospitals around the globe join the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to raise awareness for the importance of hand hygiene.