Take five to save a life

Take five moments to clean your hands and save a life from sepsis is a key message for care providers taking part in the World Health Organisation’s ‘Save Lives: Clean Your Hands’ campaign tomorrow (Saturday 5 May).

The theme of this year’s event is ‘It’s in your hands – prevent sepsis in healthcare’. Sepsis, the body’s overactive and toxic response to an infection, is life-threatening and is reported to affect more than 30 million people worldwide every year. The WHO priorities for addressing sepsis are to strengthen prevention and to increase awareness of it.

Hand hygiene is at the core of effective infection prevention and control of the illness. The annual campaign and advocacy day is one important part of improving hand hygiene behaviour.

Among this year’s calls to action from WHO are

  • Care home managers: make hand hygiene a quality indicator in your home
  • Care home staff: take five moments to clean your hands to prevent sepsis in healthcare.  

Free advocacy toolkits to support the WHO Save Lives: Clean Your Hands campaign are available on the WHO website.

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