Canadian healthcare organizations take part in STOP! Clean Your Hands
BRANTFORD, ON, May 5 /CNW/ - The Canadian Patient Safety Institute
(CPSI), Accreditation Canada and the Community and Hospital Infection
Control Association-Canada (CHICA-Canada), have joined forces to
support the practice of optimal hand hygiene in healthcare.
Stop! Clean Your Hands Day is taking place today. CPSI is leading the Canadian initiative in
conjunction with the World Health Organization's global program. The
day is an opportunity for healthcare organizations to get creative with
promoting and practicing effective hand hygiene. More than 800
healthcare organizations have registered for STOP! Clean Your Hands
"Effective hand hygiene is the most important thing you can do to
protect patients from healthcare associated infections," says Hugh
MacLeod, CEO of CPSI. "We believe that every patient experience should
be safe and that preventing harm is worth the effort. I applaud those
organizations that are taking part in STOP! Clean Your Hands Day."
The launch of STOP! Clean Your Hands Day is being celebrated at Brant
Community Healthcare System. Their viral video "I Wanna Wash My Hands"
is the inspiration behind the Canadian Hand Hygiene Video Competition
which was announced today.
The competition is a chance for organizations to showcase their
commitment to hand hygiene excellence. The Canadian Hand Hygiene
Faculty will serve as judges for the competition and a prize will be
awarded to the winning organization.
"One of the single most effective means of curbing the spread of
infection is proper hand hygiene," says Wendy Nicklin, President and
CEO of Accreditation Canada. "To keep ourselves and our patients safe
we must not only commit to improving, we must make hand hygiene our
priority and our practice."
"For nearly 200 years there has been evidence that performing hand
hygiene is THE primary action people can take to prevent infection and
protect themselves from common viral illness," says Donna Wiens, RN,
BN, CIC, President, CHICA-Canada. "It is so simple and effective; yet
even in healthcare settings hand hygiene is bypassed nearly 50 per cent
of time. Let's all get on board, for our clients, families and
ourselves. Promote best practice in hand hygiene, just STOP! Clean Your
SOURCE Canadian Patient Safety Institute
For further information:
For media inquiries, please contact:
Canadian Patient Safety Institute:
Cecilia Bloxom, Director of Communications, (780) 700-8642 CBloxom@cpsi-icsp.ca