SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands 5 May 2020
Infection prevention and control is of more importance than ever before: precisely how vital it is is being highlighted in this year’s SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign which takes place on May 5th.
One of the most urgent challenges that has been identified by the United Nations is the desperate need for “clean health care” – and a very tight ten year deadline has been set accordingly says the World Health Organization (WHO) on it’s website campaign page.
Hand hygiene best practices – and the crucial role played by midwives and nurses in helping to bring this about is the focus of the campaign says the WHO, which reports that it has been combined with this year’s Year of the Nurse and the Midwife 2020 initiative.
Having access to hand washing facilities where they’re needed is crucial
A cornerstone of the Clean Your Hands campaign is the need for effective hand washing facilities “at point of care” says the WHO. And they have identified a huge percentage of medical establishments which at the moment are clearly unable to deliver this.
“2 in 5 health care facilities lack hand hygiene facilities at point of care. Hand hygiene… can only be achieved with the right things in place.”
WASH in health care facilities global baseline report 2019. Authors: World Health Organization; UNICEF.
The 5 May call to action is targeted at five separate groups, namely:-
- Policy Makers
- IPC Leaders
- Patients and Families.
Teal Task Force: quickly set up hand wash units at entrances to isolated wards
The Teal Task Force is a unique fast response service available in the UK to deliver high quality hot water hand washing facilities on a next working day basis.
Fast delivery and setup – every Hygienius MediWash is sited and set up by trained Teal Task Force staff. Each unit is delivered complete with a generous supply of liquid soap and paper towels.