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May 5 is World Hand Hygiene Day
In celebration of World Hand Hygiene Day, CDC reminds everyone that keeping hands clean is one of the most important ways to prevent infections – and when we prevent infections, we help prevent the development of sepsis.
Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection. It is life-threatening, and without timely treatment, sepsis can rapidly cause tissue damage, organ failure, and death. Sepsis happens when an infection you already have in your skin, lungs, urinary tract or somewhere else – triggers a chain relation throughout your body.
Practicing good hand hygiene, such as handwashing and using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, is a simple yet effective way to help prevent serious infections that can lead to sepsis.
World Health Organization’s Global Annual Call to Action for Healthcare Workers
Each year, WHO’s SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign aims to progress the goal of maintaining a global profile on the importance of hand hygiene in health care and to ‘bring people together’ in support of hand hygiene improvement globally.
This year’s theme is: It’s in your hands – prevent sepsis in health care. WHO calls on health facilities to prevent health care-associated sepsis through hand hygiene and infection prevention and control action. Learn more about becoming part of the global movement to improve hand hygiene.