World Hand Hygiene Day 2020 | Hand Washing Theme, Quotes, Poster,

By | May 5, 2020

World Hand Hygiene Day 2020

“Theme of the Year 2020”

“Nurses and midwives, clean care is in your hands!”

Every year May 5th We are celebrating World Hand Hygiene Day.,Hand Hygiene Day mobilizes people around the world to increase adherence to hand hygiene in health care facilities, thus protecting health care workers and


 Campaign Objectives 2020:

The main goal of the Global Hand Hygiene Day campaign is to recognize that handwashing is one of the most effective actions you can take to reduce the spread of pathogens and prevent infections, including the COVID-19 virus. Health workers and community members alike can play a role in preventing infections by practicing regular and frequent handwashing.

As part of the 2020 campaign, WHO and partners aim to:

  • Make hand hygiene a global priority
  • Inspire hand hygiene and behavior change
  • Engage with health care workers in their role in clean care and the prevention of infections.

The campaign also makes a call to action to policy-makers to provide safe work environments for nurses and improve staffing levels. Additionally, it calls on infection prevention and control leaders to empower nurses and midwives in providing clean care. The campaign also contributes to the United Nations Secretary General’s Global Call to Action on WASH in health care facilities.

On 5 May, join us in celebrating nurses and midwives around the world, by:

  • Sharing campaign promoting campaign materials available on the campaign website
  • Taking part in WHO’s #SafeHands Challenge
  • Clapping for nurses and midwives at noon on 5 May to thank and recognize their critical role in delivering clean care. Take a video or picture and share on your social media channels with #HandHygiene, #SupportNursesandMidwives.

Tuesday 5 May is World Hand Hygiene Day, supported by the WHO . It aims to educate and get healthcare professionals, medical directors and managers involved in the prevention of health care-associated infections by way of easy and efficient hand hygiene.

Hand hygiene practices need to be made as simple as possible and healthcare workers really need to believe that they work to reduce infection, especially for low-resource maternity facilities, Giorgia Gon says.

First time  of handwashing among healthcare professionals, was the sheer number of times they were expected to wash their hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub when attending a patient. Handwashing, hundreds and hundreds of times a day. Whilst entering or leaving any patient room. Before and after conducting any procedure. And even before or after any type of general patient contact – such as touching a patient’s shoulder in sign of support.

Before the washing hands, healthcare professionals have to ensure they are not recontaminating their hands in any way on unclean surfaces such as a trolley or their own gown before contact with a patient. It is left without saying that this is a demanding and time-consuming activity. It then might not be surprising that compliance to hand hygiene in healthcare facilities in high-income countries is rarely above 80%, and is usually on average 40%, and behaviour change worldwide has proven to be non trivial. Interventions need to be targeting different determinants and need to be context specific.

Compliance to hand hygiene in healthcare facilities in high-income countries is rarely above 80%, and is usually on average 40 per cent

Poor hand hygiene drives healthcare-associated infections and, consequently, antimicrobial resistance. Hands can transmit bacteria, as well as resistant bacteria, directly to the patient, or by contaminating surfaces around them such as beds or instruments. This is especially concerning when these items are used for invasive procedures, such as surgery. Formative research we have conducted in low-resource settings also suggests that antibiotic misuse is common, posing a substantial threat to resistance in the hospital-patient context.

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