GOJO Supports WHO’s Clean Hands Campaign
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently kicked off its SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign. GOJO Industries Inc., Akron, OH, will support the campaign in several ways, according to a news release.
GOJO will serve as a member of Private Organizations for Patient Safety (POPS), an initiative facilitated by WHO that collaboratively works toward reducing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) by improving hand hygiene education and awareness. The company also will raise awareness for the campaign and enlist hospitals across the globe to register as part of the WHO Save Lives: Clean Your Hands initiative.
"This year WHO is focused on the important role hand hygiene plays in surgical care,'" said Dr. Jim Arbogast, GOJO vice president of hygiene sciences and public health advancements. "At GOJO, the safety of all healthcare workers and patients is top of mind. Because of this, we focus on bringing hand hygiene solutions to the surgical care market that help improve hand hygiene effectiveness, compliance and ultimately help reduce infections."
To raise awareness for effective hand hygiene and the initiative facilitated by WHO, GOJO is encouraging hospitals to register and join more than 18,000 hospitals worldwide in supporting the WHO's efforts, as well as providing more than 30,000 units of PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer and hand hygiene materials to hospitals across the globe.
This year GOJO has also partnered with the CDC Foundation to provide unbranded hand hygiene educational materials and tools for patients, healthcare providers and caregivers in U.S. healthcare facilities, such as hospitals, nursing homes and other ambulatory care locations through the Clean Hands Count Campaign.
In addition, GOJO has sponsored the Canadian Patient Safety Institute's (CPSI) STOP! Clean Your Hands Day Program, which coincides with the WHO global initiative. Canadian Healthcare facilities can get more information at www.handhygiene.ca, and view educational tools and resources to assist in promoting optimal hand hygiene practices.
The WHO SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands annual campaign was launched in 2009 to demonstrate that hand hygiene is one of the most important and first steps healthcare workers can take to reduce HAIs and enhance patient safety. This campaign also serves as a platform to demonstrate the world's commitment to hand hygiene in healthcare.