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WHO clean hands campaign set for 5 May

01 May 2018

An initiative to prevent the spread of sepsis takes place this Saturday, 5 May, organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO), focusing on the need for good hand hygiene.

Designed to improve prevention and raise awareness of the condition, the theme of this year's event is It's in your hands - prevent sepsis in healthcare.

Sepsis is the an overactive and toxic response from the body to an infection which is life-threatening and reported to affect more than 30m people around the world every year.

The WHO states that hand hygiene is at the core of effective prevention and control of the illness and has introduced its campaign to drive the message home.

It is calling for health workers and patient advocacy groups to take five moments to clean their hands to prevent sepsis in healthcare.

IPC leaders are also urged to be champions "in promoting hand hygiene to prevent sepsis in healthcare".

The organisation is additionally encouraging health facility leaders to make hand hygiene "a quality indicator in your hospital".

Ministries of health are urged to "implement the 2017 WHA sepsis resolution to make hand hygiene a national marker of healthcare quality".

Among the supporters of this year's campaign is GOJO Industries-Europe, a member of the WHO Private Organisations for Patient safety.

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