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Our message is simple: Clean hands save lives.

Healthcare associated infections (HAIs) are a significant problem worldwide. Up to 10 percent of patients admitted to modern hospitals acquire one or more HAIs. Nonetheless, many HAIs are preventable through simple interventions such as the performance of appropriate hand hygiene by healthcare workers.

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For a fun but also insightful video on how to promote hand hygiene, or change of any sort in your organisation, you might enjoy this short video on YouTube, All Washed Up. While it features children, who are encouraged to resist frosted cupcakes until after they’ve cleaned their hands, it is aimed at an adult audience, drawing on some of the key principles outlined in Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change by Joseph Grenny et al. (Grenny’s 14-year old son, Hyrum, presents the video.)

Patient Story

Paul-Patient story

Watch Rachel and Paul's story about the impact of poor hand hygiene on a patient and their family.