Seconds Save Lives – Clean your hands

Arwa Pharmacy joins global campaign to improve patient safety.

Staff from Arwa Pharmacy are marking World Hand Hygiene Day (5 May) this year by reminding staff, patients and visitors about the importance of clean hands.

The World Health Organisation’s annual SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign is a global drive to improve hand hygiene in health care. Launched in 2009, it is now a major global event with millions registering to promote hand hygiene within health care facilities.

The theme this year is to achieve effective hand hygiene action at the point of care.

Dr. Arwa Adamjee, MMed, says: for example, “Thorough hand hygiene is one of the easiest ways to reduce healthcare associated infections. We are calling on every member of staff to redouble their efforts to achieve effective hand hygiene at the point of care.

The point of care is where the patient, the health care worker and treatment come together. To prevent transmission of infectious microorganisms hand hygiene should be performed at 5 specific moments using the right technique.

Everyone has a part to play so we are urging staff, patients, carers and visitors to help tackle infection by washing their hands and making use of the hand rub that is widely available throughout our facilities.”

We encourage everyone to come along to find out how they can help reduce the spread of infection through effective hand washing techniques and remember that a few seconds of your time can save lives.