Good Hygiene is a Cause to Celebrate
According to the World Health Organization, hand hygiene saves millions of lives every year when performed at the right times in health care. The simple act of washing your hands removes many transmittable infectious microbes.
Yet about 70% of health care workers and 50% of surgical teams do not routinely practice hand hygiene. And surgical site infections are the most frequent type of infection in low- and middle-income countries, with sepsis estimated to affect more than 30 million patients every year worldwide.
May 5 is World Hygiene Day. To celebrate, help reverse this trend.
- Develop requirements for hand washing and hand sanitizer use.
- Ask your care provider to wash their hands before examining you.
- Be sure to wash your hands before handling food or touching communal objects.