Clean Hands Counts
CDC: Clean Hands Count-Hand Hygiene Saves Lives
CDC launches new Clean Hands Count campaign to promote hand hygiene
May 5th is World Hand Hygiene Day and CDC’s Hand Hygiene Saves Lives campaign is urging healthcare providers, patients, and patients’ loved ones to clean their hands to prevent healthcare-associated infections and improve health. CDC urges healthcare provider adherence to CDC hand hygiene recommendations by addressing some of the myths and misperceptions about hand hygiene.
The science is clear: clean hands protect patients from life-threatening infections! All healthcare providers should follow good hand hygiene practices, such as cleaning their hands before and after every patient contact. Dirty hands are a contributing factor in the spread of healthcare-associated infections that affect 1 in 25 hospital patients on any given day.
Despite the success in achieving 100% compliance with hand hygiene in many healthcare organizations, studies show that some healthcare providers perform hand hygiene less than half the time they should. So our work in not done yet.