An opportunity to learn more about the importance of proper hand hygiene will be shared at the Cypress Regional Hospital on May 5.
An information booth will be set up in the hospital on Monday as part of 'National STOP! Clean Your Hands Day’, a public awareness initiative to highlight how hand hygiene can reduce the transmission of germs.
Every year, thousands of people die from infections acquired while receiving health care. It is estimated that each year in Canada, there are about 220,000 people affected with healthcare-associated infection with 8,000 to 12,000 deaths. The hands of healthcare workers have been implicated as one of the major pathways for the transmission of germs.
“The Cypress Health Region’s participation in STOP! Clean Your Hands Day represents our continued commitment to promote good hand hygiene measures to reduce the risk of infection among patients and staff,” said Jeffrey Eruvwetaghware, Infection Control Practitioner for Cypress Health. “Hand hygiene is also one of the Required Organizational Practices that the health region must adhere to in order to receive Accreditation status from Accreditation Canada.”
“We want the public to become better aware of the most effective ways to effectively wash their hands and so we will be hosting an information booth at the Cypress Regional Hospital starting at 10 a.m. on May 5th,” mentioned Eruvwetaghware. “Information on proper hand hygiene and hands-on demonstrations of proper techniques for hand washing will be available. We encourage everyone to stop by and show your support in reducing the spread of healthcare-associated infection.”