Mark Your Calendars!
Submitted by PHC's Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Team
Next Thursday, May 5 is World Hand Hygiene Day.
This year, the World Health Organization (WHO) is focusing the campaign on improving hand hygiene practices in surgical services with the slogan: “See Your Hands: Hand Hygiene Supports Safe Surgical Care.”
In addition to this concentrated focus on surgical services, there is an ongoing emphasis on hand hygiene improvement in all areas.
Hand hygiene = Safe Patient Care
Some key points to keep in mind for this World Hand Hygiene Day:
- Preventing infections and reducing an avoidable burden on health systems is still critical around the world today and is part of making sure every health-care setting is safe for treating every single patient.
- Hand hygiene in health care at the right time saves lives.
What is PHC doing for World Hand Hygiene Day?
In addition to already celebrating our best-ever hand hygiene audit results(!), IPAC Infection Control Practitioners (ICP) have big plans in the works to make sure that the news of World Hand Hygiene Day reaches all PHC staff.
What we have on the go:
Engagement with surgical teams
- PHC IPAC is teaming up with our surgical teams by sharing information on safe surgical care through commitments to infection prevention and control. Check out the commitment walls at SPH and MSJ.
- Want to be part of the conversation? Add your voice to #safesurgicalhands (and be sure to tag @Providence_Hlth).
Engagement across PHC
- We will be promoting hand hygiene across PHC sites by visiting inpatient units at each site next week. There will be fun, interactive activities with prizes. Look for us (and join in on the fun!) at the following sites:
- Monday, May 2: Holy Family Hospital, St. Vincent’s: Langara
- Tuesday, May 3 : St. John Hospice, Crosstown Clinic, Community Dialysis Unit (Vancouver)
- Wednesday, May 4: St Paul’s Hospital
- Thursday, May 5: Mount Saint Joseph Hospital
- Friday, May 6: Youville Residence and St. Vincent’s: Brock Fahrni
For more information and to check out additional resources, check out our webpage.
See you next week (and be sure to print off the attached poster to hang on your unit!).
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