May 5 of every year marks the day that hospitals around the globe join with the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise awareness for the SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign. This year, thanks to a united effort, one more country was added to the registration list.
The WHO SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign was launched in 2009 as a major global effort to improve hand hygiene in healthcare. The WHO campaign stresses the message, “It takes just 5 Moments to change the world.” The campaign also provides the venue and the opportunity to raise awareness for the importance of hand hygiene and the work being done to reduce healthcare-acquired infections (HAI) and improve the safety of patients and healthcare workers. Hand hygiene is a simple but powerful tool to improve patient health, significantly reduce the risk from antibiotic resistant organism, and help stop the spread of germs that can cause infections.
From Left to Right: Kemlyn Conliffe of Bryden Stokes,
Dr. Corey Forde Head of Infection Control and Infection Control
Officer Yvonne Martindale at Queen Elizabeth Hospital
At GOJO, we strongly support the WHO and its Clean Care is Safer Care efforts. Knowing that a 2014 goal of the WHO was to add five countries to the hand hygiene campaign registered list, we carefully evaluated where GOJO could influence a hospital registration. When Barbados became a target, we engaged with Bryden Stokes, our local supplier of the PURELL® Hand Sanitizer and GOJO products to Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in Bridgetown Barbados to secure the country registration.
We received confirmation from the WHO almost immediately that Barbados had been registered. GOJO and the nation were personally acknowledged for participating in this critical initiative by Professor Didier Pittet in the WHO-sponsored Webber teleclass broadcast live globally on May 5th. Knowing that Bryden Stokes and GOJO were instrumental in achieving this country registration was the highlight of the GOJO WHO Hand Hygiene May 5 campaign.
Furthermore, Bryden Stokes donated PURELL hand sanitizing products to the Hospital Infection Control Team at QEH on June 4, 2014.
GOJO and the WHO ask for your ongoing involvement in this worthwhile campaign. Although May 5 is recognized as the official day to raise awareness for global hand hygiene, we are acutely aware that hand hygiene and lowering HAI are a year-round pursuit. Here’s how you and your healthcare facility can show your support and commitment to the WHO campaign now:
Register your hospital anytime throughout the year – Join more than 17,000 hospitals in 170 nations in registering your support for the WHO SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign. Become part of this global movement to improve hand hygiene compliance and save lives. Register today.
Participate in two global surveys (deadline extended thru June 15) – The WHO Global Laboratory-Based Survey on Multidrug-Resistant Organisms (MDROs) in Health Care will be used to assess and raise awareness of the five main healthcare-associated MDRs that have been identified at the global level. Surveys and more information can be found on the WHO website.
Hand hygiene is one of the single most important preventative measures we can all take to reduce hospital-acquired infections. Please share with me in the comment box below how you are raising awareness of hand hygiene in your healthcare facility.