Celebrate World Hand Hygiene Day

3 May 2022

Good hand hygiene is one of the most important ways by which everyone can reduce the spread of disease and infection, which is why Practice Plus Group and its staff support World Hand Hygiene Day.A man thoroughly washes his hands in a sink

‘If Covid has taught us one thing it is the importance of hand hygiene to reducing the spread of disease and infection in hospitals,’ says Lisa King, Practice Plus Group’s Deputy Director of Infection Prevention and Control. ‘I fully support hand hygiene day as it is a fantastic way to remind people about the importance of hand hygiene.’

Handwashing can prevent about 30% of diarrhoea-related sicknesses and about 20% of respiratory infections (e.g., colds) and germs from unwashed hands can get into food and drink while people prepare or consume them. Germs from unwashed hands can be transferred to other objects, like handrails, tabletops or toys, and then transferred to another person’s hands.

Practice Plus Group will be sharing the WHO video for World Hand Hygiene Day internally.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), who are promoting World Hand Hygiene Day, it is important for organisations to create a ‘quality and safety climate or culture’ which values hand hygiene as part of their approach to infection prevention and control.

Practice Plus Group has outstanding levels of hygiene in its hospitals. It had no cases of MRSA bacteraemia across any of its sites in 2021 thanks to the sterling efforts made by the organisation to infection control during the COVID-19 pandemic.