Hand washing saves lives. It is that simple. That is why Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center is joining in the World Health Organization’s recognition of May 5, 2013 as World Hand Hygiene Day.
Throughout the month of May, physicians and staff at Conemaugh Memorial will be recognized for their good hygiene habits. According to WHO, each year millions of patients around the world are affected by health care-associated infections, most of which are preventable through good hand hygiene.
“It is important to take this opportunity to educate both our staff and our patients,” says Jean Rearick, Executive Director of Performance Excellence and Quality. “Good hand hygiene is the most effective way to prevent hospital infections, even drug resistant infections.”
Studies show that patients are often hesitant to ask their caregiver about hand washing. “It is okay to ask your physician, nurse or other caregiver,” says Rearick. “Healthcare workers should be washing their hands or using an alcohol-based hand rub before and after seeing a patient.”
Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center will hold a hand hygiene event on Monday, May 6, 2013, from Noon until 1:30pm. The event will include information and demonstrations on infection protection and employees will be asked to sign a “clean hand pledge”.
The public is invited to attend.
About Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center
Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center (MMC), the flagship hospital of the Conemaugh Health System, is a regional referral hospital known for clinical excellence. Memorial has received HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence award for 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008 and 2007, for clinical outcomes which are among the Top 5% in the nation. Learn more at the Conemaugh Health System’s all new website, www.conemaugh.org.
For More Information, Please Contact:
Amy Bradley, Director of Public Affairs
Phone: (814) 534-3121