Kimberly-Clark Professional* are dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of people at home and in the workplace, and good hand hygiene, done at the right time and in the right way, is an important part of breaking the chain of transmission of common illnesses such as coughs, colds and stomach upsets.
In support of these shared values, on May 5th 2021 Kimberly-Clark Professional* is proud to be supporting World Hand Hygiene Day and the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) campaign SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands.
The SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands global campaign, launched in 2009 and celebrated annually on 5 May (World Hand Hygiene Day) aims to maintain global promotion, visibility and sustainability of hand hygiene in health care and to ‘bring people together’ in support of hand hygiene improvement around the world.
For World Hand Hygiene Day 2021, WHO 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 the transmission of infectious microorganisms during health care delivery, hand hygiene should be performed when it is needed and in the most effective way at the point of care.
The scientific evidence overwhelmingly demonstrates that appropriate hand hygiene is the single most effective action to stop the spread of infection. Appropriate hand hygiene prevents up to 50% of avoidable infections acquired during health care delivery, including those affecting the health of the workforce.
The WHO multimodal hand hygiene improvement strategy has proved to be highly effective, leading to a significant improvement in key hand hygiene indicators, a reduction in healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and antimicrobial resistance, and substantially helping to stop outbreaks.
• Appropriate hand hygiene reduces the risk on SARS-CoV-2 - the virus that causes COVID-19 - infection among health workers.
• Investing in hand hygiene yields huge returns. Implementation of hand hygiene policies can generate economic savings averaging 16 times the cost of their implementation.
• Effective hand hygiene is not only a key measure for preventing the spread of SARS-CoV-2 and for safe COVID-19 vaccination, but it also reduces the burden of health care-associated
infections and the spread of antimicrobial resistance.
• Hand hygiene compliance is recommended as one of the key performance indicators for infection prevention and control programs, patient safety, and quality of health services worldwide.
Choosing the right products to support your hand hygiene strategy is key, and the range of washroom solutions from Kimberly Clark Professional can really help. Their Scott® Control™ solution bundle of hand towels, soap, and sanitisers are specifically designed with healthcare workers' needs in mind.
SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands