Patients and citizens for hand hygiene: Hand hygiene as a necessary action

We, the patients and citizens that make up the National Health System, hereby state knowing that maintaining hand hygiene is the most important, safe, simple, cheap and efficacious procedure for preventing and controlling healthcare associated infections(HCAI).

Lack of hand hygiene amongst the health care providers/workers is the most common vehicle of transmission for these types of infections that are acquired in hospital and health care center environments. In countries within our area HCAI affect between 5 and 10% of patients admitted with acute conditions, causing an increase of hospital stay and of health care costs while endangering patient safety.

For this reason, we ask that hand hygiene becomes a routine practice amongst the healthcare personnel that cares for us or treats us.
We require that health care givers perform hand hygiene:

- Before touching a patient.
- Before performing a clean or aseptic procedure.
- After body fluid exposure risk.
- After touching a patient
- After touching patient sorroundings

We require that health care institutions and health care policies actively promote these measures and provide the required training and awareness-raising among health care providers. We also require that the resources needed to implement them are guaranteed.

We, on the other hand, make a commitment to cooperate in the implementation of appropriate hand hygiene practices and to disseminate its importance to achieve safer health assistance and better quality of health care.

Madrid, May 5th of 2011

World Hand Hygiene Day


Declaration: "Patients for hand hygiene: Hand hygiene as a necessary action"

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