Thursday 5 May 2022 marks World Hand Hygiene Day – an opportunity to unite for safety by sharing the message that hand hygiene is vital to prevent infection.
When a health and care setting’s quality and safety culture values hand hygiene and infection prevention and control (IPC), it helps to protect patients, service users and staff, and contributes towards feelings of safety.
Hand hygiene is and always has been part of WCHC’s quality and safety culture. Hand hygiene is a key priority of all our staff in preventing infection.
Safe hand hygiene practice protects everyone and prevents the transmission of infection.
The NHS advises that washing your hands is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself and others from illnesses such as food poisoning and Covid-19. Key times when you should wash your hands include:
- after using the toilet or changing a nappy
- before and after handling raw foods like meat and vegetables
- before eating or handling food
- after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing
- before and after treating a cut or wound
- after touching animals, including pets, their food and after cleaning their cages
To remind you how to wash your hands thoroughly, visit the NHS website.
Further information on hand hygiene can be found on our website.