Source: Health Quality and Safety Commission
District health boards (DHBs) across the country got involved in this year’s World Hand Hygiene Day on Wednesday 5 May 2021.
The World Health Organization (WHO) World Hand Hygiene Day theme for 2021 was ‘achieving effective hand hygiene at the point of care’. For those working in health care, this means adhering to the ‘5 moments for hand hygiene’: performing hand hygiene before and after contact with a patient or performing a procedure, and after leaving a patient’s surroundings.
Below are some images of activities and initiatives run by the DHBs throughout the day.
South Canterbury DHB
The Waikato DHB IPC team created a hand hygiene display for staff, patient and whānau information.
During the day, staff presented a Gold Auditor’s training workshop wearing their World Hand Hygiene Day t-shirts. The trainees then practised auditing in various clinical areas on 6 May.
Richard Murray, a hand sanitiser representative from Whiteley Medical, set up a stand promoting the importance of hand hygiene in Waikato Hospital (pictured below). The stand featured a ‘glo germ’ demonstration and cupcakes for interested staff, patients and whānau.
The Southern DHB IPC team promoted World Hand Hygiene Day while taking part in a national NZ point prevalence survey (PPS) for healthcare associated infections (HAIs) with the Commission.
World Hand Hygiene Day was also supported by Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins and microbiologist and science communicator Dr Siouxsie Wiles.