UP-PGH celebrates World Hand Hygiene Day


‘5 Moments’ reiterated to reduce risk of healthcare-associated infections

BY MICA G. DE LEON

THE University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) reiterated the need to wash hands of healthcare workers in five most crucial times in an event called the Global “5 Moments” of Hand Hygiene Day, in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the City of Manila.

Sana pagpatuloy niyo ang ginagawa ninyo sapagkat sa PGH, ang pasyente ay laging ligtas” (I hope you continue doing what you are doing in PGH, because in PGH, the patient is always safe), said Department of Health (DOH) Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag who also offered two dance numbers featuring the proper way of washing hands.

The event also featured a presentation contest, a poster making contest, and a pledge board by the employees, patients, and guests of the PGH.

Aside from Asec. Tayag, Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno and representatives from the WHO graced the event.

The “5 Moments” of hand hygiene means that healthcare workers must wash their hands before patient contact, before a procedure, after a procedure or body fluid exposure risk, after patient contact, and after contact with patient surroundings.

VitalSigns Issue 64 Vol. 3, June 1-30, 2014