Hand Hygiene Day - 5th May 2017

Hand hygiene and Infection Prevention and Control more generally are key weapons in the fight against Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR).

WHO’s 5 May 2017 campaign slogan, “Fight antibiotic resistance – it’s in your hands” demonstrates the unity between AMR and infection efforts.

IPC leaders need to champion hand hygiene campaigning and progress their journey of integrating WHO’s “core components” for IPC in every health facility.

Everyone can play their part and here’s how:

  • health workers - clean your hands at the right times
  • chief executive officers and managers of health facilities - support hand hygiene campaigning and IPC programmes to protect patients from antibiotic resistant infections
  • policy makers - stop AMR spread by demonstrating national support for and commitment to infection prevention.

Find out more about WHO’s campaign on hand hygiene and IPC - WHO 5th May 2017

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Welcome to Hand Hygiene Australia

The National Hand Hygiene Initiative

Health care associated infections (HCAI) are a major and growing issue in the quality and safety of health care, in both the hospital and community settings.  HCAIs require urgent national consideration and action

HCAIs have been nominated as a priority area by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC). Improved healthcare worker hand hygiene (HH) is the highest priority area to reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections. Reliable indicators of HH compliance are essential, and mechanisms for the wider implementation and monitoring are required.

The purpose of the National Hand Hygiene Initiative (NHHI) is to develop a national approach to improving HH and monitor its effectiveness. This initiative is based on the World Health Organisation (WHO) - World Alliance for Patient Safety campaign – “Clean Care is Safer Care” launched in 2005.  On the 5th May 2009 WHO relaunched their campaign as "Save Lives: Clean Your Hands" . 

A message from Prof. M. Lindsay Grayson, Director of Hand Hygiene Australia
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