Every year, 220,000 Canadian patients (approximately one in nine) develop a hospital-acquired infection during their stay in hospital, and an estimated 8,000 of those patients will lose their lives. 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.
The Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI), in partnership with the World Health Organization's SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign, is directing the annual STOP! Clean Your Hands Day on May 6, 2019, to bring attention to healthcare-acquired infections. This year, CPSI is teaching the public and healthcare providers how to have Clean Care Conversations and stop the infection crisis.
We want to encourage compassionate conversations, where healthcare providers, patients and families work hand in hand to create a clean care culture.
We are asking you to share the attached infographic through your social media accounts. If you wish, you can also publicize the events happening today.
- Clean Care Conversations Webinar, 10:00 am MDT 12:00 EDT
- The Germ Guy, Jason Tetro, will discuss Clean Care Conversations with Prince Edward Island's medical microbiologist and infectious disease consultant, Dr. Greg German, and Saskatchewan Patients for Patient Safety Canada patient partner, Carmen Stephens.
- Download a special new episode of our award-winning PATIENT Podcast and learn how to start a clean care conversation.
- Download tip sheets for public and healthcare providers on how to start Clean Care Conversations.
- Do you know how to have a conversation about clean care? Take the quiz, one for the public or one for healthcare providers, and see for yourself!
- Show us on social media how you're starting #CleanCareConversations. Share photos of #STOPCleanYourHandsDay events and activities and of you cleaning your hands. There will be a giveaway of GOJO products based on social media activity.
All of these tools and resources are available at www.handhygiene.ca.