2 Jun 2020 | Infection Prevention & Control
District health boards (DHBs) across the country took part in World Hand Hygiene Day on Tuesday 5 May 2020. The campaign, run by the World Health Organization (WHO), aims to highlight hand washing as one of the most effective actions you can take to reduce the spread of infections, including viruses, flu and other respiratory diseases.
The day had added significance this year, with health care staff working hard in the fight against COVID-19.
The theme for 2020 was 'Nurses and midwives, clean care is in your hands'. It recognises the vital role nurses and midwives play in infection prevention and control through good hand hygiene practice.
Below are some of the fun and innovative events DHBs shared with the Health Quality & Safety Commission as they celebrated the day.
Northland DHB celebrated the day in several ways. These included:
West Coast DHB celebrated by:
Whanganui DHB promoted the message that simply wearing gloves does not protect you or those around you. Their activities included:
Thank you to the DHBs who contributed to making World Hand Hygiene Day 2020 a success.