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Global Hand Hygiene Campaign

WHO Clean your Hands 5 May 2017

Each year the SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign aims to progress the goal of maintaining a global profile on the importance of hand hygiene in health care and to ‘bring people together’ in support of hand hygiene improvement globally.

The focus of the 5 May 2017 campaign is that hand hygiene is at the core of effective infection prevention and control (IPC) to combat antibiotic resistance.

Good hand hygiene is essential to protect patients from antibiotic-resistant infections such as carbapenemase producing organisms (CPOs), meticillin resistant S. aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin resistant enterococci (VREs).

These types of bacteria are resistant to a wide range of antibiotics and infections caused by them and are difficult to treat. Practicing good hand hygiene prevents the spread of these multi-drug resistant organisms, stops the spread of resistance and preserves antibiotics for patients who reqlly require them.

Health Protection Scotland have developed a carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) toolkit for NHSScotland to assist the early detection, management and control of these bacteria within Scottish acute healthcare settings.

The CPE toolkit can be downloaded at http://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/haiic/amr/resourcedetail.aspx?id=478

At every level of the health care system, from healthcare workers to policy makers, there is the opportunity to influence safer, quality healthcare through prevention and control of infection. By taking part on 5 May you are aiming to continue to improve hand hygiene and all infection prevention, and helping to fight antibiotic resistance. Let’s do it: it's in our hands!

How boards can get involved

WHO urges you to focus on the fight against antibiotic resistance in the context of hand hygiene and infection prevention and control (IPC) programmes. Boards are encouraged to sign up for the Campaign.

This year the campaign materials are all co-branded with ‘Antibiotics, handle with care’ to demonstrate unity between antimicrobial resistance and IPC efforts. Materials including graphics and posters for using in your campaigns can be found on the 5 May 2017 webpage.

For social media messaging, WHO will be using both #handhygiene and #antibioticresistance


National Infection Prevention and Control Manual

The National Infection Prevention and Control Manual is mandatory for NHSScotland and contains guidance and appendices on hand hygiene.

Chapter 1 includes guidance on when and how to perform hand hygiene and the products to use.

Supporting this are appendices on hand hygiene technique that can be printed off for using throughout care settings.

Information Leaflets

Information leaflets for use by healthcare workers, patients and carers are available.

These can be used to further reinforce that hand hygiene is at the core of effective infection prevention and control (IPC) to combat antibiotic resistance. The general leaflet ‘Healthcare Associated Infection: Information for the public’ is in Easy Read format using short text and graphics and includes information on hand hygiene. This is particularly for those visiting a hospital or care home.

Other leaflets have been produced for particular diseases and these include when hand hygiene should be undertaken and which product should be used.

e-Bug – Fun games and teaching resources about microbes and antibiotics

e-bug logo 630x440.pnge-Bug is a European wide free educational resource website that can be used by primary and secondary schools as a fun way to learn about micro-organisms and prevention and treatment of infection. Quizes, games and revision material is available on hand hygiene and antibiotics.