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Clean hands saves lives

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Happy World Hand Hygiene Day! Sponsored by the World Health Organization, the SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign was launched in 2009 as part of a major global effort to encourage healthcare providers to promote and practice good hand hygiene measures to reduce the risk of infection among patients.

The WHO is inviting all healthcare facilities to participate in their Global Survey Project by completing the online Self-Assessment Framework tool. The main objective of the Global Survey Project is to “track progress, plan actions and aim for hand hygiene sustainability.” In total, the WHO Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework has been downloaded more than 33,000 times.

And for all you germaphobes, the CDC has an entire website dedicated to hand hygiene, which has tons of information on hand hygiene basics, guidelines, resources for promotional campaigns, and information for patients.

Previously: Everything you ever wanted to know about hand hygiene
Photo by SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget

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