Hand Hygiene Day - 5th May 2018

A reminder that the WHO Save Lives: Clean your Hands Campaign is coming up on the 5th May, 2018….

WHO 5 May hand hygiene campaign slogan is “it's in your hands – prevent sepsis in health care"


Every year on the 5 May, the WHO calls on health facilities to participate in a global hand hygiene campaign. This year’s hand hygiene campaign is focused on the prevention of health care-associated sepsis through hand hygiene and infection prevention and control (IPC) action.

Sepsis is estimated to affect more than 30 million patients every year worldwide.

WHO asks IPC leaders to take part and champion the dissemination of campaign messages and resources, with the aim of engaging all target audiences to ensure their commitment by taking part and aiming to continue to improve hand hygiene, you will help prevent sepsis.”

Hand Hygiene Australia invite all facilities participating in the campaign to share their photos and activities on the HHA Facebook page Hand Hygiene Australia or send them to HHA on twitter @HandHygieneAus

You can also access the WHO resources directly - WHO 5th May 2018

You can find the campaign message in languages other than English - WHO 5th May 2018 - LOTE

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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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