World Hand Hygiene Day, 5th May 2020

World Hand Hygiene Day, 5th May 2020

Today marks World Hand Hygiene Day, a very relevant date in view of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The global campaign emphasizes that handwashing is one of the most effective actions you can take to reduce the spread of pathogens and prevent infections.

5th May also marks the International Day of the Midwife; and so this year the World Health Organisation (WHO) are highlighting the role of nurses and midwives in infection prevention.

The central role played by nurses and midwives in providing clean care, including meticulous hand hygiene practice, cannot be understated; they both build and strengthens quality health systems.

WHO propose the following calls to action:

  • Nurses: “Clean and safe care starts with you.”
  • Midwives: “Your hands make all the difference for mothers and babies.”
  • Policy Makers: “Increase nurse staffing levels to prevent infections and improve quality of care. Create the means to empower nurses and midwives.”
  • Infection Control Leaders: “Empower nurses and midwives in providing clean care.”
  • Patients and Families: “Safer care for you, with you.”

Save lives: clean your hands. #SupportNursesAndMidwives

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