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Unite for safety, clean your hands

World Hand Hygiene Day is on 5 May 2022. Patients, visitors and healthcare workers alike have a role to play in preventing the spread of infection.

Published on 28 April 2022

From: Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection Scotland

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Uniting to ensure clean hands helps keep us all safe in our day-to-day lives and never more so than during this ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Hand hygiene is one of the most effective actions to reduce the spread of pathogens and prevent infections. Performing hand hygiene at the right time, using the right technique is critical.

Our NHS NSS (National Services Scotland) colleagues work hard every day to help NHSScotland ensure the cleanliness and safety of buildings and patients. From clinical experts right across the organisation to facilities teams, everyone has an important role to play in preventing the spread of infections.

Susie Dodd, (IPC Nurse Consultant) said “ARHAI Scotland (Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection) supports the World Health Organisation hand hygiene campaign every year. Our ARHAI Scotland team provide a hand hygiene day webpage with links to the campaign materials as well as guidance for healthcare workers and the public on hand hygiene and preventing infection.

It’s important to recognise that people of all levels and disciplines work together to influence and support a culture of safety and quality, right across NHSScotland”.

Unite, talk and work together on hand hygiene for high quality safer care everywhere.