Clean Care is Safer Care

Update No 14

5 November 2009

Dear colleagues

10,000 for 2010

In only six months now, we will be celebrating our 2nd year of SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands - our global initiative to encourage as many health-care facilities throughout the world as possible to improve the safety of their patients by employing best practice in hand hygiene.

Why register to help us reach 10,000 by 2010?

This is an important question, with two answers:

  • We want to be able to show that health managers and health-care workers throughout the world want to reduce health care-associated infections (HCAI) through clean hands. This is one way of doing so because when you register, you show you care.
  • By registering you are joining a global movement to take action and SAVE LIVES.

As at 30 October, there are 5,801 health-care facilities and hospitals that have registered from 125 countries. This means we only need another 4,199 registrations to meet our target. Considering the official WHO regions around the world, of these:

  • 2,450 are from WHO European Region
  • 1,762 are from WHO Region of the Americas
  • 566 are from WHO South-East Asia Region
  • 368 are from WHO Western Pacific Region
  • 348 are from WHO African Region
  • 307 are from WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region

Of great significance are the staff and bed numbers in the regions:

  • The combined total of beds is 1,749,072.
  • The combined staff total, i.e. number of health-care workers, is 4,451,272.

Effectively, there are now nearly 4.5 million men and women working in the health sector from 125 countries who are committed to contributing to saving patients' lives.

What are the plans for May 2010?

Considering the intention to have an annual focus on 5 May every year to demonstrate global commitment, everyone has a role to play to increase registrations and to get involved in taking action. At WHO HQ in Geneva we are finalizing our action for 5 May 2010 which we will share with you shortly.

What can you do?

Building on what we featured in last month's newsletter, we are inviting you to:

  • Promote hand hygiene as one of the best and simplest ways of improving patient safety in all health-care settings through a range of means, such as discussing the topic with colleagues, promoting WHO's "My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene" and hand hygiene compliance rates, giving presentations, writing a feature in a newsletter, etc;
  • Use the WHO SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands documents and the hand hygiene tools to help you;
  • Plan your activities for 5 May 2010, and invite others to join you.

What can we do to help you at this time?

We will:

  • Use the website to promote the registration numbers;
  • Continue to support you through issuing this monthly newsletter, that you can also use to send on to others;
  • Profile any health-care facility or country that lets us know about their ideas to recognize 5 May 2010 as a global day to support reduction of HCAI and highlight areas where any activities or events are being planned;
  • Provide you with template letters to engage the involvement of others;
  • Send you draft media releases for local use or for your internal newsletters;
  • Ensure all new registrants receive an immediate receipt and their commendation letter from Professor Didier Pittet to be displayed;
  • Respond to all requests as soon as possible;
  • Talk with many global organizations to promote 10,000 by 2010.

Be part of the action to improve patient care through best practice in hand hygiene. All information can be found on our website, including the registration form and information on block registrations as promised in last month's newsletter.

Hand Hygiene Implementation Tools & Summary Guide Update:

As of 5 November 2009 all of the hand hygiene implementation tools have been made available on the web pages. This includes the newly prepared Summary of WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care and the Technical Reference Manual, which we have received a number of requests for. Both of these documents are valuable assets in executing a hand hygiene improvement strategy and are planned for translation in the other five WHO languages like the other tools. Furthermore, new Epi Info™ Data Entry Analysis tools and instructions are now available for use with the recently issued evaluation tools. If you are using our tools, please check the web pages now to ensure you have access to the most up-to-date versions.

Thank you for your on-going support, enthusiasm and commitment.

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