VA Palo Alto Launches "Clean Hands Save Lives" Campaign in Recognition of World Hand Hygiene Day - VA Palo Alto Health Care System
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VA Palo Alto Health Care System


VA Palo Alto Launches "Clean Hands Save Lives" Campaign in Recognition of World Hand Hygiene Day

May 3, 2019

News Release

Contact: Kim Betton, (650) 285-7487,
Michael Hill-Jackson, (650) 444-7380,

PALO ALTO, Calif. - VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) launches its “Clean Hands Save Lives” hand hygiene campaign in recognition of World Hand Hygiene Day - Sunday, May 5, 2019. The campaign raises awareness of when and how to wash your hands to greatly reduce the possibility of Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) in medical care facilities and across our communities.

Have you washed your handsAccording to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), HAIs can affect about one in 31 hospital patients in the United States on any given day, and practicing proper hand hygiene is one of the simplest ways to reduce HAIs.

“This hand hygiene campaign aligns with our strategic planning goal of being number one in both quality and patient experience,” said VAPAHCS Director and Army Veteran Thomas J. Fitzgerald III. “Proper hand hygiene is an important step towards accomplishing healthy living for our Veterans, their families, our employees, and communities all across this great nation.”

Patients and guests visiting VAPAHCS’ campuses around the Bay Area will be able to experience campaign materials that will circulate with hand hygiene key messages.

“While the Clean Hands Save Lives campaign has kicked off, its awareness efforts will continue all year round and beyond," added Director Fitzgerald. "Hand hygiene is everyone’s responsibility - whether you are at home or at work, properly washing your hands can save your life and the lives of others.”

Visit the Hand Hygiene page to find campaign resources and take the Hand Hygiene pledge today!

About VA Palo Alto Health Care System

The VA Palo Alto Health Care System consists of three inpatient facilities located at Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Livermore, Calif. Also, there are seven outpatient clinics in San Jose, Capitola, Monterey, Stockton, Modesto, Sonora and Fremont, Calif. These nationally-recognized facilities provide award-winning medical care and cutting-edge technology. Along with its academic affiliate at the Stanford University School of Medicine, the more than 6,200 staff and volunteers operate nearly 900 beds, including three nursing homes and a 100-bed homeless domiciliary, showing its more than 85,000 enrolled Veterans that they are “Serving those who Served.” Visit us on the web at Connect with us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.