Next week, May 5, is World Hand Hygiene Day – a day dedicated for hand hygiene awareness.

To spread the important message of uniting for safety by cleaning your hands, PHC’s IPAC team are taking their road show to sites next week, from May 2-6. Don’t miss your chance to participate in demo sessions and games. You could even win a prize!

Road show schedule

  • Monday, May 2: St. Paul’s Hospital
  • Tuesday, May 3: St. Paul’s Hospital & Langara
  • Wednesday, May 4: MSJ LTC and Acute
  • Thursday, May 5: Youville & Parkview and Brock Fahrni
  • Friday, May 6: Holy Family Hospital LTC & Rehab

About World Hand Hygiene Day 2022

This year’s theme focuses on recognizing that we can add to a facility’s climate or culture of safety and quality through hand hygiene. It also aims to promote that a strong quality and safety culture encourages people to clean their hands at the right times.

Hand hygiene, which can be either washing your hands with soap and water or cleaning your hands with alcohol-based hand rub, is widely accepted to be the most effective way of preventing the spread of health care associated infections.

  • In Canada, more than 200,000 patients get infections every year while receiving healthcare in Canada; more than 8,000 of these patients die as a result.
  • About 80 per cent of common infections are spread by health care workers, patients and visitors.
  • Proper hand hygiene can significantly reduce the spread of infection.
  • Appropriate hand hygiene prevents up to 50 per cent of avoidable infections acquired during health care delivery, including those affecting the health work force.

Find more information: World Hand Hygiene Day (WHO)​