May The 5th Be With You - #SafeSurgicalHands
There are so many commemorative days, that I sometimes get them confused. We just missed Star Wars Day and today (May 5th) is even International Day of the Midwife, which seems appropriate if you understand the Semmelweis story - his control group was a maternity ward staffed by female midwives with one-fifth the mortality compared to the doctor/medical student ward.
Which brings us to a very important day in infection prevention - 5th of May - WHO Hand Hygiene Day! I can't do better than Professor Didier Pittet when talking about hand hygiene, so I've added his video above and provided his letter with important links for #SafeSurgicalHands below. Thank you all for what you're doing to create a safer healthcare environment starting with clean hands.
I am pleased to invite you to celebrate the WHO Hand Hygiene Day in Healthcare on 5 May 2016.
The 2016 year campaign promotes #SafeSurgicalHands on Twitter and Instagram.
All WHO tools to participate are available at: www.tinyurl.com/WHOtool5May16
Post your photos/selfies at : www.cleanhandssavelives.org/safesurgicalhands/
Safe Hands in Surgery-WHO 2016 message together with colleagues surgeons: www.tinyurl.com/WHOadd2016
#SafeSurgicalHands Pictures' Wall (updated in real time): https://walls.io/SafeSurgicalHands
Additional educative videos are accessible at:
- Your WHO 5 moments for Hand Hygiene along the patient journey in surgery www.tinyurl.com/5momentsSurgery
- WHO surgical hand preparation technique www.tinyurl.com/SurgScrubTech
- For those who want to conduct a Hand Sanitizing Relay: http://tinyurl.com/HHRelay
- Any information at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Or see the best relays in 2015 : http://tinyurl.com/GlobalHandSanitizingRelay2015
- Or simply look at 10 years of Clean Care is Safer Care http://tinyurl.com/CleanHands10
Let’s improve hand hygiene, reduce infections, limit resistance and save lives.
With best wishes,
Professor Didier Pittet