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World Hand Hygiene Day 2022
Every year on 5 May, the World Health Organization (WHO) runs the Save Lives – Clean your hands Campaign to promote the use of hand hygiene in healthcare facilities and beyond. At the heart of the World Hand Hygiene Day is the message that all health care workers should clean their hands at the right time and in the right way.
The WHO sets a different theme each year and offers free resources for local use. The theme for 2022 is ‘Unite for safety: clean your hands’, which highlights the importance of all health workers, consumers and whānau uniting to ensure they have clean hands.
A strong quality and safety culture in a health care facility that values hand hygiene and infection prevention and control results in everyone feeling protected and cared for.
World Hand Hygiene Day activity around Aotearoa New Zealand
Below are a couple of fun World Hand Hygiene Day memories from DHBs:
Hand Hygiene New Zealand celebrates 10 years of district health board participation
This year marks 10 years of all 20 district health boards (DHBs) participating in the Hand Hygiene New Zealand (HHNZ) programme.
In 2012 DHBs implemented smartphone technology to improve the auditing process, the HHNZ implementation guide was refreshed and the HHNZ auditing manual published. By October that year, all 20 DHBs were actively participating in the HHNZ programme and submitting hand hygiene data to the Health Quality & Safety Commission.
Since 2012 hand hygiene compliance has increased from 62.1 percent to 86.7 percent. Congratulations to everyone involved!