Clean Care is Safer Care

Update No 24

10 November 2010

Dear colleagues,

In this edition:

  • Heading towards 5 May 2011….
  • Summary of information on SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands registrations per WHO Region, 2009-2010
  • WHO Infection Control webinar series - next session
Heading towards 5 May 2011….

In last month's newsletter we highlighted the importance of 'checking your status'. Knowing where your health-care facility stands on hand hygiene improvement and sustainability is an essential part of a successful programme or campaign and this will be a main focus for 5 May 2011.

Benefits of undertaking a 'self-assessment':

  • Systematically assesses the level of progress within a health-care facility with regards to infrastructures, resources, commitment and achievements, with the aim of ensuring optimal hand hygiene practices;
  • Identifies issues requiring particular attention and improvement;
  • Facilitates development of an action plan for facilities’ hand hygiene improvement programmes;
  • Allows for structured discussions on results and for documentation of progress over time;
  • Supports clear reporting of results, against an action plan, to the directorate of a health-care facility - allowing for ongoing high-level progress reviews.

Remember, the WHO Hand Hygiene Improvement Toolkit supports action to improve hand hygiene and a template action plan is available:

Your role for 5 May 2011:

  • Prepare to act on forthcoming WHO messages related to action on or around 5 May 2011 as well as planning your own activities - more details on undertaking 'self-assessments' will be promoted in the months ahead;
  • Construct ways to share 5 May activities and actions, e.g. create dedicated web pages to feature stories and pictures in your area, country, region.

Remember, you are responsible for the change in hand hygiene practices at the point of patient care in your area and the activities that lead to this.

WHO is here to offer tools and messages to support you and to highlight the importance of this global movement and the action required to sustain it.

Registrations for SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands - we count on you to encourage others to sign up:

Summary of information on registrations per WHO Region

Number of facilities by WHO region, May 2009 & May 2010
WHO region Nb facilities May 2009 Nb facilities May 2010 Total
AMRO 1548 1287 2835
EURO 2159 2218 4377
EMRO 194 233 427
WPRO 340 2216 2556
SEARO 196 770 966
AFRO 324 58 382

WHO Infection Control webinar series - next session

16 November 2010, 3 pm (CET*)
Epidemiology and prevention of surgical site infection
A. Widmer, Basel, Switzerland

Surgical site infections (SSI) are known to be one of the most common complications of surgical procedures and contribute significantly to the global burden of health care-associated infection, including in developing countries. Evidence based measures have been identified as effective in preventing these infections.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment.

Claire Kilpatrick
Programme Manager, First Global Patient Safety Challenge: Clean Care is Safer Care

Previous SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands newsletters can be used to help you develop your own messages to encourage others to take action. Please cascade this and other SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands messages to as many as you can to help this global movement, the time is now more critical than ever.

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Providing WHO information has to be balanced with available resources, both human and financial. The WHO Patient Safety Programme, including the Clean Care is Safer Care team, do their best to translate their most relevant tools and documents. Regretfully, we are not currently in a position to translate this SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands newsletter into French or Spanish or any other language. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and hope that you will remain a valued reader of the newsletter.

La délivrance d'informations provenant de l'OMS dépend des ressources disponibles, à la fois humaines et financières. Le Programme OMS pour la Sécurité des Patients, comprenant l'équipe "Un Soin Propre est un Soin plus sûr", fait de son mieux pour traduire ses outils et documents les plus importants. Malheureusement, nous ne sommes pas actuellement en mesure de traduire la lettre d'information mensuelle de SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands en français, en espagnol ou en tout autre langue. Nous nous excusons pour ce désagrément et espérons que vous resterez un fidèle lecteur de la lettre d'information à l'avenir.

La información generada por la OMS, depende de los recursos humanos y económicos disponibles. El Programa por la Seguridad del Paciente, y el equipo de la iniciativa "Cuidado Limpio es Cuidado Seguro", realizan sus mejores esfuerzos para traducir el material y documentos de mayor importancia. Desafortunadamente, por el momento no contamos con la facilidad de traducir el boletin mensual SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands en francés, español, o cualquier otro idioma. Le pedimos disculpas por cualquier inconveniente que podamos causarle, y esperamos seguir contando con su valiosa participación como lector de nuestro boletin.