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4/12/2011 6:00 PM

​The Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI), Accreditation Canada and the Community and Hospital Infection Control Association-Canada (CHICA-Canada) invite you to participate in STOP! Clean Your Hands Day on Thursday, May 5, 2011. This event will coincide with a global initiative of the World Health Organization, “Save Lives: 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 encourage you to get involved by signing up for STOP! Clean Your Hands Day.”

On May 5, hundreds of Canadian healthcare organizations will put hand hygiene front and centre by promoting a very simple message: Clean Hands Save Lives.

“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.” 

Register today and you will receive a package containing additional information along with tools and resources to assist you in promoting optimal hand hygiene practices in your organization. In addition, healthcare providers and organizations are encouraged to get creative and put their own unique spin on STOP! Clean Your Hands Day and celebrate the event in a way that is meaningful for their patients as well as themselves.

“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 Hands.”

CPSI is also inviting healthcare organizations to share what they’re doing locally for STOP! Clean Your Hands Day by submitting their information to the Patient Safety Crosswalk or by sending us an email at

STOP! Clean Your Hands Day packages include:

  • Your 4 Moments for Hand Hygiene cards 
  • Patient and Family Hand Hygiene Guides
  • Meal tray liners
  • STOP! Clean Your Hands Day stickers
  • Bookmarks from Accreditation Canada
  • Information sheets with Hand Hygiene facts plus tools and resources to help your organization improve its hand hygiene effectiveness and compliance

STOP! Clean Your Hands Day is an initiative of Canada’s Hand Hygiene Challenge to promote effective hand hygiene for healthcare providers and patients. Registration closes April 26 so be sure to register today!  For more information, visit​