It’s in your hands

On World Hand Hygiene Day, Pilgrims Hospices nurses encouraged staff, patients, volunteers and visitors to take part and celebrate World Hand Hygiene Day on 5 May. This year’s theme was, ‘It’s in your hands, prevent sepsis in healthcare’.

Nurses from the hospices in Ashford, Canterbury and Thanet gave interactive demonstrations and shared the message that just simply washing hands thoroughly, can prevent sepsis and blood stream infections.

Debbie Todd Pilgrims Infection Control Lead Nurse said: “The teams have been sharing good hand hygiene technique and information to ensure everyone is taking effective infection prevention throughout Pilgrims Hospices.

“This day reminds us that hand hygiene is important today and every day. And it is especially important in healthcare settings where hand hygiene reduces the risk of patients contracting infections.

It’s been a great way of influencing the behaviour of each and every one to achieve improved, sustained hand hygiene for patients and health worker safety.”

This day reminds us that hand hygiene is important today and every day.                 Debbie

It’s a valuable experience for everyone and vital to reduce and prevent hospital acquired infections. It’s at the core of effective infection prevention and control (IPC) practices, which every health care facility aims for.

HHD takes place each year, the day is declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) and encourages patients and their family members to join health workers in their efforts to practice good hand hygiene. According to WHO, every year, hundreds of millions of patients around the world are affected by health care-associated infections. More than half of these infections could be prevented by caregivers properly cleaning their hands at key moments in patient care.

If you or someone you know is coping with a life limiting illness and you think you may benefit from Pilgrims support, talk to your GP or Healthcare Professional about the options or visit Wellbeing and Social Programme.