Each year, the World Health Organization (WHO) organizes a global hand hygiene event on May 5. This year’s event features hand hygiene monitoring and feedback and patient participation in hand hygiene promotion. Visit the WHO website to learn more and register.
Some of the new tools include: Guidance on Engaging Patients and Patient Organizations in Hand Hygiene Initiatives and tips for implementing a successful patient participation program which was developed with input from Dr. Maryanne McGuckin and Dr. Yves Longtin. Use the WHO Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework (HHSAF) to get a situation analysis and track progress at your facility. After completing the HHSAF, use and adapt the WHO Template Action Plans to implement your plans for local improvement. Select one action to target for May 5, 2013!
In addition, Novant Health’s WashingHandsSavesLives.org website has helpful materials to help promote a culture of hand hygiene within your facility.