Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Action Teams continue to make progress on three of the four goals IPAC Action Plan: Improve infection prevention and control through a national campaign for public, patients and providers, focusing on raising awareness and promoting behaviour change; Improve infection prevention and control through the use of strategies known to improve behaviour and culture and Adopt a pan-Canadian set of common indicators for healthcare-associated infections. The fourth goal; Establish a national body to collect, analyze and report healthcare-associated infection data, is staged to begin once the work on the pan-Canadian set of indicator has been near completed.
We are entering a very exciting time with respect to the first goal of improving infection prevention and control through a national campaign. As the lead for this goal, CPSI is pleased to announce that this campaign focused on raising awareness and promoting behaviour change, is coming alive this May 5th through the annual STOP! Clean Your Hands Day campaign.
The Canadian Patient Safety Institute, along with our multiple supporters , are proud to be the Canadian hosts for STOP! Clean Your Hands Day: 2017, which coincides with "Save Lives: Clean Your Hands," a global initiative of the World Health Organization.
The theme for STOP! Clean Your Hands Day 2017 is: Ask Yourself…Making a change to your behaviour can be as simple as asking yourself a question and understanding that change doesn't need to be a burden. Small, incremental changes can lead to big things. Not only can you improve your own practices, you're setting a great, easy to follow example for everyone around you! Whether you're a patient, provider, or work in a healthcare setting – if you're involved in the healthcare system, take the time to have a conversation with yourself and ask what you can change today to improve for tomorrow.
Some of the activities planned for STOP! Clean Your Hands Day 2017 are a video competition and webinar.