Clean Care is Safer Care

Update No 27

7 February 2011

Dear Colleagues,

In this edition:

  • Heading towards 5 May 2011 - Where do YOU stand on hand hygiene?
  • WHO free infection control teleclasses - February 2011
  • WHO available resources

Heading towards 5 May 2011….

Where do YOU stand on hand hygiene?

It's time to move from commitment to action on hand hygiene improvement! The key action for 5 May this year is to have all registered health-care facilities use the WHO Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework.

Tell us that you are using or are going to use the Self-Assessment Framework: when you download the Framework, give us your information (see link below) so we can see how many of the registered health-care facilities are moving beyond commitment and actively sustaining hand hygiene improvements.

Between April and June a sample of registered facilities will be invited by WHO to submit information based on the Framework completion; WHO will make contact those identified.

Registering commitment for SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands

Our other goal is to continue to increase registrations in those health-care facilities who have not already committed their support for this global annual campaign. You are already an advocate for hand hygiene and SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands; so take the opportunity to promote key messages and watch how your efforts might increase the registration numbers for 2011.

Here is a simple message you can use to encourage others to register; think about using it in your email sign off:

To improve and sustain hand hygiene and help save lives by reducing health care-associated infection in your health-care facility, register with WHO's annual campaign SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands and be part of this exciting global movement.

With Professor Didier Pittet visiting Japan shortly to highlight this important message, we hope to see an increase in registrations in Japan; see if you can be as good an advocate in your country and your facility!

WHO free infection control teleclasses - February 2011

The first class of 2011 held on 1 February and presented by Dr Don Goldmann can still be accessed and heard on the following page:

WHO available resources

Use the 5 May 2011 flier at your events, found on the web pages featuring our SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands advocacy tools. (link below)

It is exciting to hear about activities for 5 May already being planned all around the world; we look forward to seeing your plans on your local, country or regional web pages.

Please cascade this newsletter/information to at least 5 other health-care professionals you meet in the next month to support the change that you want to see in health-care facilities around the world!

Thank you for your ongoing commitment.

Claire Kilpatrick
Programme Manager, WHO 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.