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Tork champions safer patient care for World Hand Hygiene Day

Essity’s Tork brand is calling on all healthcare organisations around the globe to establish an Institutional Safety Climate for this year’s World Hand Hygiene Day.

The aim of the move would be to encourage hand hygiene role models and build safer patient environments.

Good hand hygiene prevents up to 50% of healthcare-acquired infections, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Research carried out by Essity has also revealed that eight out of 10 healthcare professionals would like to improve their hand hygiene compliance.

Thomas Bergin, Essity Professional Hygiene’s Marketing Director Healthcare, said: “Proper hand hygiene saves lives. It’s the collective responsibility of everyone within healthcare worldwide to maintain high standards, and fostering a culture of institutional safety within healthcare organisations keeps hand hygiene top of mind.”

In order to support healthcare professionals and enable safer healthcare environments, Essity has developed Tork Clean Hands Training in collaboration with behavioural scientists and world-leading hand hygiene experts.

Tork Clean Hands Training invites users into a digital world where they can interact and train using WHO’s own ‘My Five Moments of Hand Hygiene’ in a realistic environment. Accessed almost 15,000 times since the end of 2019, Tork Clean Hands Training empowers healthcare professionals to achieve the highest possible safety standards.

Also from Tork are a range of soaps, hand towels, and hand sanitisers along with a highly useful dispenser placement guide based on WHO’s My Five Moments of Hand Hygiene.

Thomas added: “Research shows that hand hygiene dispensers have a significant impact on compliance rates, and the key to success is making sure they are correctly placed.”

World Hand Hygiene Day, to be celebrated on 5 May 2022, is the World Health Organization’s annual call to action for healthcare workers. This year’s theme focuses on the fifth component of WHO’s Multimodal Strategy for Hand Hygiene Compliance, creating an Institutional Safety Climate that prioritises high hand hygiene compliance to achieve the safety of patients and healthcare professionals on institutional and individual levels.

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