Clean Care is Safer Care

Update no 35

9 November 2011

Dear Colleagues,

In this edition:

  • WHO Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework Global Survey - last chance to participate
  • Getting ready for 5 May 2012! Our call to action for you!
  • News from 2011 ICAN Conference
  • The importance of alcohol-based hand rub in ensuring safe patient care
  • WHO free teleclasses

WHO Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework Global Survey update

This is your last chance to take part in the Global Survey! Data submissions from health-care facilities completing the WHO Framework will be accepted until 31 December 2011. 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! Many countries around the globe are still submitting and learning from their results. However, in particular we would like to encourage health-care settings from Central and South America, USA, Africa, Eastern Europe, South East Asia and the Eastern Mediterranean region, to increase their participation. Enquiries can be sent to

Getting ready for 5 May 2012!

In last month's newsletter we whetted your appetite for 5 May 2012 activities…

This year’s call is What's YOUR plan?

Our call to action for you is to:

  • Create an action plan based on the results you've obtained from using the WHO Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework; WHO will provide a template action plan for you to use. You can also start to get ready from now by using the Action Plan included in Part III of the WHO Guide to Implementation.
  • Share your plan! Sharing is part of global learning. On or around 5 May 2012, share your information on your own web pages focused on hand hygiene activities in support of SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands. WHO will then feature these web links to facilitate dissemination and global learning.

Why is this important for all health-care settings?

The purpose of responding to the SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands call for action is to prevent infection, keep patients safe and help reduce the global burden of health care-associated infection, highlighted by WHO in the WHO Report on the burden of endemic health care-associated infection worldwide in 2011.

Be part of this exciting global movement and be one of the tens of thousands now using the Framework to plan their actions! As of October 2011, the WHO Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework had been downloaded more than 53 000 times!

And, continue to encourage other facilities to register for SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands.

Watch our web pages for updates on 5 May 2012; we will issue messages and supporting tools to help meet the above goals in the months leading up to May!

WHO Hand Hygiene Tools and locally adapted tools

Remember that WHO provides a number of tools for you to download and use locally, in English, French and Spanish so far. Additionally, a number have been translated locally and approved by WHO so are now featured on our web pages.

News from 2011 ICAN Conference

The 3rd Infection Prevention and Control Africa Network (ICAN) Conference has just taken place from 31 October-3 November 2011, with critical contributions through workshops by WHO Clean Care is Safer Care and the African Partnership for Patient Safety. Almost 200 participants from 24 countries attended the conference; new scientific evidence and precious information about infection control activities ongoing in Africa and worldwide were presented. Note that for administrative reasons the name of the Network is being changed from IPCAN (Infection Prevention and Control Africa Network) to ICAN (Infection Control Africa Network). ICAN supports infection control training, operational research and high standards of health-care practice in health-care facilities, particularly in African countries. We invite you to visit the ICAN website and to become a member of ICAN. You will be part of and support a unique initiative!

The importance of alcohol-based hand rub in ensuring safe patient care

WHO Guidelines and tools provide clear descriptions of the importance of alcohol-based hand rubs in supporting prevention of health care-associated infections. Hand washing is necessary at times but clean hands are essential. From our years of learning since the growing use of alcohol-based hand rubs, we can clearly see the impact they can have. Continuing to have products available at the point of care and promoting their use is critical if we are to make it as easy as possible for health-care workers to have clean hands and support patient safety. Don’t stop pushing the need for effective hand hygiene at the right moments, every day.

WHO free teleclasses

After a successful year, WHO is pleased to announce that we will continue with free infection control teleclasses again in 2012, courtesy of Webber Training. Take advantage of this excellent virtual training opportunity to keep up to date alongside colleagues from around the world!

Thank you for your ongoing commitment and support to WHO for SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands.

Claire Kilpatrick, On behalf of WHO Patient Safety: Clean Care is Safer Care.

Previous SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands newsletters can be found in the archives.


WHO Clean Care is Safer Care

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.