Hospital acquired infections, including surgical site infections and device associated infections, occur worldwide, affecting hundreds of millions of patients annually. The rate of transmission in the health care setting has led to increases in avoidable infections, which can lead to death if not treated.
Each year on 5 May, the World Health Organization’s SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign aims to progress the goal of maintaining a global profile on the importance of hand hygiene in health care and to ‘bring people together’ in support of hand hygiene improvement globally.
In alignment with the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, the SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands 2020 campaign recognizes their critical role in IPC and hand hygiene practices, to protect all patients. The slogan is “Nurses and Midwives, clean care is in your hands!“ This year, in the context of COVID19, the campaign takes on a special significance, with hand hygiene one of the most effective actions to prevent infections.
Join the campaign, which counts over 23,000 health care facilities, representing 14 million health workers from 184 countries.
Download the document ‘WHO Save Lives in the Context of COVID19’.