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Clean hands have never mattered more #STOPCleanYourHands

Thank you to everyone who participated in STOP! Clean Your Hands Day on May 5, 2020. 

This year we saw the best social media engagement to date! The hashtag #stopcleanyourhands had 7.822 million Twitter impressions. Plus, a tremendous number of people from across Canada took the Clean Hands Self-Assessment, pledged clean hands, and accessed our free hand hygiene resources.  

Let’s Keep the Momentum Going  

Although STOP! Clean Your Hands Day has passed, clean hands have never mattered more! Please continue to access and share our free hand hygiene resources. 

Hand Hygiene Fact Sheets

Access and share our free hand hygiene resources to keep yourself and others safe:

Clean Hands Self-Assessments

Are you cleaning your hands properly? Are you protecting yourself and your loved ones from infections? Take the Clean Hands Self-Assessments to find out! 

Pledge Clean Hands

Clean hands have never mattered more. Cleaning your hands, either with soap and water or with alcohol-based hand rub, is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading infections to others. Hand hygiene is easy and effective.

Pledge Clean Hands to tell the world you commit to cleaning your hands. Let’s all work together to flatten the curve!

The Importance of Hand Hygiene 

Whether you're a patient, visitor, provider, or worker in a healthcare setting – cleaning your hands is one of the best ways to prevent infection. Clean care saves lives. 

It is estimated that over the next 30 years in Canada, infections will be the biggest driver of acute care patient safety incidents, accounting for roughly 70,000 patient safety incidents per year on average – generating an additional $480 million per year on average in healthcare costs.1 

Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), or infections acquired in a healthcare setting, are the most frequently reported adverse events in healthcare delivery worldwide. Each year, hundreds of millions of patients are affected by HAIs, leading to significant morbidity, mortality, and financial cost to healthcare systems.2 

World Health Organization
SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands

Our STOP! Clean Your Hands campaign is hosted in conjunction with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign. More information about SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands and infection prevention is available at the World Health Organization’s website

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1Patient Safety in Canada. Ipsos Public Affairs, 2018.

2 World Health Organization (WHO). n.d. Healthcare-Associated Infections Fact Sheet. Retrieved March 20, 2020.