“With up to two in every five cases of HAIs caused by cross-infection via the hands of health care workers, World Hand Hygiene Day is an opportunity to remind and inspire health-care professionals about how critical hand hygiene is to help reduce healthcare-associated infections,” says Carolyn Berland, Senior Scientist at Essity.
World Hand Hygiene Day is May 5th. This day reminds us that hand hygiene is important today, and every day. And it is especially important in healthcare settings where hand hygiene reduces the risk of patients contracting infections and developing sepsis.
As part of World Hand Hygiene Day, we have developed an easy to remember call to action in the form of 3 steps, with the aim to help healthcare professionals (HCPs) reduce infections and sepsis among patients.
Think hygiene. Act to prevent. Care for patients. Or put more simply: Think. Act. Care.
Sometimes wrongly referred to as blood poisoning, sepsis is the life-threatening response of a patient’s own body to a pre-existing infection and has been found to be a contributing factor to 1/3 of all hospital deaths.However, there are ways to prevent sepsis and raising awareness about the condition is the first step towards saving lives.