Clean Hands Protect Lives
Effective hand hygiene practices in hospitals play a role in improving patient and provider safety, and in preventing the spread of health care-associated infections. The goal of “Ask me if I have washed my hands” is to educate and empower patients about personal hand hygiene while managing their expectations about when health care providers should clean their hands.
The campaign’s message is simple and straightforward, stating that, “Hand cleaning is one of the best ways you and your health care team can prevent the spread of many infections.”
Educating patients and the public about the importance of personal hand hygiene is a critical element in transforming the hospital’s culture and improving patient safety.