Category: Best Practices

World Hand Hygiene Day is May 5, 2021

As described by the World Health Organization (WHO), the SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands global campaign, launched in 2009 and celebrated annually on 5 May aims to maintain global promotion, visibility and sustainability of hand hygiene in health care and to ‘bring people together’ in support of hand hygiene improvement around the world.
For World Hand Hygiene Day 2021, WHO calls on health care workers and facilities to achieve effective hand hygiene action at the point of care. The point of care refers to the place where three elements come together: the patient, the health care worker, and care or treatment involving contact with the patient or their surroundings. To be effective and prevent transmission of infectious microorganisms during health care delivery, hand hygiene should be performed when it is needed (at 5 specific moments) and in the most effective way (by using the right technique with readily available products) at the point of care. This can be achieved by:

Considering the Best Practice of Patient Involvement in Quality Improvement

Ensuring patient involvement in every aspect of healthcare is paramount to positive health outcomes and is a best practice for improvement processes. According to the article, “Patient involvement in quality management: rationale and current status”, through involvement in their care, patients served as catalysts for broad change in the attitudes of staff by providing a motivation for wider organizational changes. These patients were able to adopt different roles across projects where they shared their experiences, helped to identify improvement priorities and developed potential solutions with the staff that had cared for them.
Click here to read more on best practices for involving patients in quality improvement.