Seconds save lives – clean your hands!
Now more than ever – clean your hands at the point of care!
For World Hand Hygiene Day 2021, WHO (World Health Organisation) calls on health care workers and facilities to achieve effective hand hygiene action at the point of care. The point of care refers to the place where three elements come together: the patient, the health care worker, and care or treatment involving contact with the patient or their surroundings.
To be effective and prevent transmission of infectious microorganisms during health care delivery, hand hygiene should be performed when it is needed (at 5 specific moments). This should be done in the most effective way (by using the right technique with readily available products) at the point of care.
Frequent, thorough handwashing with soap and water is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, and is the first line of defence against COVID-19. Like a cold, coronaviruses are spread through droplets from a person coughing or sneezing, and via contaminated surfaces. Good hygiene is key to avoiding spreading it – and catching it.
Along with other important behaviours like physical distancing, thoroughly washing hands often and at key moments is essential to controlling the pandemic.