Clean Care is Safer Care

Special update

11 January 2010

Dear colleagues

First webinar lecture in WHO's infection control webinar series - Tuesday 19 January 2010, 3pm (CET) - registration details

Sign up free of charge to Dr Benedetta Allegranzi's lecture on the Global Burden of Health Care-Associated Infections by clicking here.

Remember, if this link does not take you directly to the web page copy the address details into the URL line of an open web page. After you have registered, you will receive full instructions of how to join the webinar.

Lecture overview

Health care-associated infections (HAI) affect hundreds of millions of patients worldwide every year. Infections lead to more serious illness, prolong hospital stays, induce long-term disabilities, add high costs to patients and their families, contribute to a massive, additional financial burden on the health-care system and, critically, often result in tragic loss of life. Although the risk of acquiring HAI is universal and pervades every health-care facility and system around the world, the global burden is unknown because of the difficulty of gathering reliable diagnostic data. This presentation will give an overview of the epidemiology and impact of HAI in both developing and developed countries according to comprehensive systematic reviews of the literature.

System requirements

PC-based attendees require: Windows® 2000, XP Home, XP Pro, 2003 Server or Vista.

Macintosh®-based attendees require: Mac OS® X 10.4 (Tiger®) or newer.

All attendees need to have audio access via a telephone or computer headset.

A new one-page information sheet to advertise 5 May 2010 is ready

This one page information sheet can be used for newsletters, journals, posters, etc, to raise awareness of this annual global initiative on 5 May 2010. You can find this here.

Hand hygiene fliers and CD Roms

Thank you to all of those who were in touch with us requesting fliers and CD Roms. The fliers will be posted out in the coming weeks. CD Roms will also be sent to those developing countries that have difficulty in accessing internet-based resources.

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