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5/20/2014 6:00 PM

​Put your hands together for the more than 1,400 sites that participated in STOP! Clean Your Hands Day 2014 to create awareness about the importance of hand hygiene. The national event took place on Monday, May 5th to coincide with a global initiative of the World Health Organization, “Save Lives: Clean Your Hands.”

Participating organizations were provided with an electronic package of materials to promote optimal hand hygiene practices at their sites. Purell® Mini Hand Hygiene Kits were also distributed courtesy of STOP! Clean Your Hands Day sponsor, GOJO.

A webinar was held on STOP! Clean Your Hands Day to provide preliminary results of the Canadian Hand Hygiene Audit, designed to establish a national perspective on hand hygiene.  As of May 5th, 46 organizations had submitted observations for 7,894 moments and the average compliance rate was 71 per cent. Findings from the Canadian Hand Hygiene Audit will be presented during a webinar on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.  Click here for more information and to register. The Canadian Hand Hygiene Audit is an initiative of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, Accreditation Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada and Infection Prevention and Control Canada.


During the webinar, finalists for the What’s Your Hand In It? competition made their pitches to the Dragon’s Den-style panel to win a $500 educational credit from GOJO. The organizations to be applauded for their creative ideas for evidence-based hand hygiene improvement include Hôpital Montfort (two entries), British Columbia Provincial Infection Control Agency (PICNet) and the Cape Breton District Health Authority.  Congratulations to PICNet who was selected the winner for their photo contest, Clean Shots.  Watch Crosswalk for an upcoming article on this innovative photo contest. 

Healthcare organizations across the country were active tweeting #stopcleanyourhandsday to promote hand hygiene.  To view the tweets, visit

For more hand hygiene tools and resources, visit