Clean Care is Safer Care

Update no 33

8 July 2011

Dear Colleagues,

In this edition:

  • WHO Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework Global Survey update
  • International Conference on Prevention and Infection Control (ICPIC) 2011 - some feedback
  • Are you producing the WHO-recommended alcohol-based handrub formulations?
  • Free WHO infection control teleclasses
  • SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands newsletter

WHO Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework Global Survey update

This Global Survey was launched on 5 April. Data submission from health-care facilities completing the WHO Framework has now been extended until 15 September 2011 due to enthusiasm from countries wishing to coordinate a number of submissions. You can therefore still be part of this survey by submitting your health-care facility’s results online and helping WHO to assess progress of hand hygiene improvement around the world! Enquiries can be sent to WHOframework.survey@who.int

International Conference on Prevention and Infection Control (ICPIC) 2011 - some feedback

This inaugural international conference was held in Geneva, Switzerland on 29 June - 2 July 2011. It allowed for a number of very exciting presentations on a range of HAI topics and excellent networking opportunities; it was exhilarating to see clear enthusiasm for continued hand hygiene improvement, including in support of SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands.

An interesting part of this conference was the Innovation Awards Ceremony, as part of the Innovation Academy, where people had been invited to submit their 'ideas' to be judged by members of an Expert International Jury. It was a novel way in which to hear from those in the field who could go on to shape how we prevent and control infections. Information from the conference, particularly key abstracts, will be presented in the new Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control journal.

Are you producing the WHO-recommended alcohol-based handrub formulations at your facility?

If you are, please email savelives@who.int to let WHO know and give us a contact person. We are planning a future survey on the local production of the WHO formulation in order to gather more information on ingredients' procurement, feasibility, costs, difficulties, tolerability. Thank you for helping us!

Free WHO infection control teleclasses

For those who cannot attend events, the free WHO infection control teleclasses provide a great opportunity. The next WHO teleclass is on 20/07/2011 at 2:30 pm (CET): Highlights and results from 5 May 2011 initiatives around the world and will be presented by myself, Ms Claire Kilpatrick and Dr Benedetta Allegranzi. Recorded teleclasses are also available.

Next SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands newsletter

Due to this being a holiday time for many in the northern hemisphere, including those in WHO Headquarters, the SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands newsletter will take a break in August and will return again in September. In the meantime any enquiries can still be sent to savelives@who.int

Thank you for your ongoing commitment and support.

Claire Kilpatrick, On behalf of WHO Patient Safety: 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. Enquiries: savelives@who.int.


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. 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 et en espagnol. 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 o español. Le pedimos disculpas por cualquier inconveniente que podamos causarle, y esperamos seguir contando con su valiosa participación como lector de nuestro boletin.

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