Clean Care is Safer Care

Special update

30 March 2010

Thank you for continuing to enthusiastically support the achievement of hand hygiene improvement through the commitment of your health-care facility to celebrate WHO's global annual initiative on 5 May 2010.

The WHO First Global Patient Safety Challenge team is now pleased to propose two key hand hygiene improvement activities, through the use of two new tools.

Hand Hygiene Moment 1 - Global Observation Survey

WHO SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands invites health-care facilities to participate in a global survey on or around 5 May 2010 by observing hand hygiene compliance with Moment 1 (before touching a patient) and submitting their data to WHO.

Why?

  • To motivate health-care workers to focus on taking action to improve and sustain hand hygiene, including the important indication for hand hygiene "before touching a patient";
  • To assess health-care worker compliance with Moment 1 (before touching a patient);
  • For WHO, to assess global compliance with Moment 1 through secured data collection and analysis.

How?

  • Download the new Hand Hygiene Moment 1 Observation Form and the Hand Hygiene Moment 1 - Global Observation Survey Instructions below;
  • Plan the survey (observations) in your facility (facility-wide or in some specific areas/departments); assess the resources available, decide the scope, and draw up a plan;
  • Conduct the survey on or around 5 May 2010;
  • Submit the observed data to the WHO SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands initiative through the dedicated web site supported by the WHO Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety (University of Geneva Hospitals). Following data entry, you will easily be able to calculate and view your own results.

Important: the link to the data collection web site will be accessible on this website from the end of April 2010. To access this resource the facility must be registered with WHO SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands before 30 April 2010. If your facility has been already registered please do not register again.

Read more about the survey in the Hand Hygiene Moment 1 - Global Observation Survey Instructions and take the opportunity to play a crucial part in this activity along with other health-care workers at your health-care facility and around the globe.

Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework

As a core component of the 5 May global annual initiative, this year the WHO First Global Patient Safety Challenge team will launch a new tool: the Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework.

What is it?

The Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework is a validated and systematic tool with which to obtain a situation analysis of hand hygiene promotion and practices within your health-care facility. The Framework is divided into five sections which reflect the five components considered key for hand hygiene improvement according to the WHO Multimodal Hand Hygiene Improvement Strategy. Each section includes indicators selected according to evidence and expert consensus in order to represent the key elements of each component.

Why?

  • To assess the level of progress of your health-care facility with regards to infrastructures, resources, actions, commitment and achievements, in order to ensure optimal hand hygiene practices;
  • To facilitate development of an action plan for the facility’s hand hygiene improvement programme;
  • To identify key issues requiring attention and improvement and to document progress over time through the repeated use of the Framework.

How?

  • From 5 May 2010 onwards, download the Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework from this website;
  • Complete the Framework and calculate the score to identify the assigned level of hand hygiene promotion and practice in your health-care facility*;
  • Discuss the results and identify issues requiring attention and improvement, for example, within the infection control committee, and make an action plan;
  • Report the results and the action plan to the directorate.

* The most appropriate professionals to complete the Framework are those in charge of implementing a strategy to improve hand hygiene within a health-care facility. If no strategy is being implemented yet, the Framework can be completed by professionals in charge of infection control or senior managers at facility directorate level.

We encourage you to use the Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework to continuously assess your health-care facility's progress according to evidence-based standards for hand hygiene improvement. The WHO First Global Patient Safety Challenge team is eager to support you in such assessments as well as in future improvements, and also to understand the level of different health-care facilities' progress.

WHO SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands initiative has already received many communications about exciting activities planned to take place in health-care facilities on or around 5 May 2010. Include in your plans the use of these two new hand hygiene tools to catalyse evaluation and action at your facility. Do your part to demonstrate support and commitment for this growing global movement and share your plans and activities with WHO.

If you have any enquiries on the use of the survey or framework, send them to savelives@who.int.

We appreciate your ongoing enthusiasm and commitment. Thank you on behalf of the WHO First Global Patient Safety Challenge Team.

Didier Pittet
Lead
Benedetta Allegranzi
Deputy Lead

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