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Will you take the hand hygiene pledge?

Published 14th June, 2013 by Neil Nixon

Will you take the hand hygiene pledge?

Using the correct hand hygiene methods is one of the most effective ways to reduce the risk of healthcare associated infections, and the World Health Organisation (WHO) promotes this message across the globe through its 'Save lives: clean your hands' campaign.

As part of its activities to support the WHO's campaign - an annual event which focuses on the importance of improving patient safety and care by practicising better hand hygiene - GOJO has produced a special pledge card in a number of languages, which is being distributed to infection control teams across Europe. By the beginning of April over 15,000 hospitals and healthcare facilities in 164 countries had registered their commitment to hand hygiene as part of the campaign - and GOJO hopes that its pledge card will encourage even more to sign up.

The card shows the WHO five moments for hand hygiene on one side, and a link to the WHO website, where ICN's can register their involvement and commitment to the initiative, on the reverse. The website link also offers access to WHO guidelines on hand hygiene in healthcare, videos, podcasts, and other relevant materials.

Suzanne De Maine, European marketing manager for GOJO Europe, said: “The GOJO pledge card is credit card sized and easy to keep at hand. We hope that it will motivate even more healthcare workers to register for the 'Save lives: clean your hands' campaign, and act as a constant reminder to practise good hand hygiene. The pledge card is a natural link to GOJO's membership of POPS (Private Organisations for Patient Safety), a collaborative scheme launched by the WHO in 2012 to support its 'Clean care is safer care' programme. This collaboration sees private companies involved in the hand hygiene sector working with the WHO to benefit patients across the globe, by sharing best practice and information in order to improve hand hygiene across the world.”

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