Clean Care is Safer Care

Update No 19

7 April 2010

Dear colleagues

In this month's newsletter:

  • Registration numbers so far - demonstrating the world's commitment
  • Benefits of registering - information to share with your colleagues and other health-care facilities
  • Saudi Arabia receives a prestigious award
  • WHO infection control webinar series - April webinar
  • Exciting 5 May activities around the globe
  • Flyers for events & other resources

Registration numbers so far

Total number of facilities - 6 884. Total number of countries - 132. This represents over 5, 300,000 health-care staff and well over 2 million patient beds.

But this also gives clear evidence of the need to encourage others to sign up to be part of this exciting global movement before 5 May.

Please do not register your facility if it has been already.

It is great to see our registrations curve increasing on the web pages but it would also be great to see an increased number of countries represented - please do all you can to support this!

Benefits of registering

Make sure you make best use of the tools available to you on the SAVE LIVES web pages and tell others the benefits of registering for SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands:

Nouveaux outils en français disponibles

A nos collègues francophones: des nouveaux outils sont désormais disponibles en français

Saudi Arabia receives an award

At the recent Decennial International Conference on Healthcare Associated Infection in Atlanta, USA the National Guard Health Affairs, Riyadh were given the SHEA-APIC Partnership in Prevention Award which included recognition for their role in pilot testing the WHO multimodal hand hygiene improvement strategy.

Presentation of the results of the WHO two-year pilot testing in selected countries worldwide will be presented on the SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands web pages. This will be of particular interest to facilities in all countries who would like to establish or continue with their own hand hygiene programmes.

WHO infection control webinar series

On 13 April at 15.00hrs (Central European Time, 14.00hrs GMT) Dr Seto Wing-Hong will give his webinar presentation on 'Proven strategies to control influenza viral transmission, with special focus on H1N1'.

5 May activities around the globe

  • Many activities are already featured on our web pages
    For example, in Germany: 'On 5th May 2010, between 11:00 and 14:00, near the staff restaurant, the hygiene team of the Max Grundig Klinik, in Bühl, Germany, will offer the staff to complete a quiz about hand hygiene and avoidance of nosocomial infects with help of WHO's My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene and Aktion Säubere Hände. The staff will also have the possibility to test with a UV lamp if his hand disinfection is correct. Last year, more than half of the staff took part in the project, it was specially a good opportunity to inform individually the foreign staff about hand hygiene.'

Make sure you tell us what you are planning on or around 5 May by emailing

Flyers for events and others resources

We continue to receive requests for postcard sized flyers fliers promoting SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands and WHO's 'My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene'.

Requests for flyers, and CD ROMs containing all of the tools for resource limited countries, can still be sent to as well as any other enquiries.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment and enthusiasm.

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