Hand hygiene campaign day 5 May 2020 (3) Nurses and midwives are critical to teaching hand hygiene in Pakistan

6 May, 2020

Extracts below from WHO news. Full text here: https://www.who.int/news-room/feature-stories/detail/nurses-and-midwives...

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Clean hands save lives

The “Patient Safety Friendly Hospital Initiative” (PSFHI), a WHO-led programme that involves implementation of a harmonized set of evidence-based patient safety standards to which hospitals should adhere to ensure safer care. It offers a platform for integrating patient safety priorities where infection prevention and control (IPC), including hand hygiene and standard precautions, are critical components. Now with the COVID-19 crisis, IPC is ever more important...

Many hospitals across the country are now conducting regular education both for patients, as well as health workers about hand hygiene...

“Nurses are the key watchdogs of patients, so it’s absolutely critical that all of them prioritize patient safety and take responsibility for hand hygiene compliance,” said Dr Palitha Gunarathna Mahipala, WHO Representative Pakistan. “All hospitals worldwide must empower their health professionals to ensure safe care.”

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Best wishes, Neil

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