Clean Care is Safer Care

no 38

8 February 2012

Dear Colleagues,

In this edition:

  • Five steps to 5 May - What's YOUR Plan?
  • Tools to support you in 5 May 2012 activities
  • Health-care facility registrations for SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands - Where are we now? What can we achieve together in 2012?
  • WHO Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework Global Survey - Next steps
  • An update on WHO CleanHandsNet - The strength of national campaigns
  • WHO-recommended handrub formulations - Evaluation of the local production practice survey
  • Free 2012 WHO teleclass series on infection control

Five steps to 5 May - What's YOUR Plan?

Here's what WHO is asking you to do in support of the global annual campaign SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands, aimed at maintaining a global profile on the importance of hand hygiene in health care to reduce health care-associated infections and enhance patient safety worldwide. There are five steps in the 2012 call to action heading to 5 May; this month WHO highlights what you could be doing in February.

  • January – What's YOUR Plan?:Have you used the WHO Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework (HHSAF) to know how your facility is progressing with hand hygiene improvement? If not, use it now as the focus for 5 May is on YOUR Plans, based on your HHSAF results!
  • February – What's YOUR Plan?: Have you carefully analysed your own WHO HHSAF results? Based on these results, it's now time to plan your actions to improve and sustain hand hygiene! Use the WHO Targeted Action Plan Templates that will be provided shortly to guide YOUR plans!
  • March – What's YOUR Plan?: Have you made YOUR facility's plan? Are you discussing and engaging with other key players for success and who can help with your action plan to ensure success? Identify at least one or more actions that can be accomplished by or on 5 May 2012 to show YOUR facility's commitment to improving hand hygiene!
  • April – What's YOUR Plan?: Is your targeted plan ready for use now, is everyone engaged in supporting its success? If yes, place your Action Plan on your web pages and share the web site address with savelives@who.int so it can feature on WHO web pages. Are you ready for YOUR 5 May activities/celebrations focused on one or more selected actions from your plan?
  • May – What's YOUR Plan?: Celebrate on 5 or 7 May! Involve staff and the facility's leadership in your selected action(s) and/or report their results! If you haven't yet, issue YOUR targeted Action Plan, and progress your facility's hand hygiene improvement now, sharing your web page link featuring your plans with WHO to be featured on their pages.

Tools to support you in 5 May 2012 activities - Template Action Plans

In support of the Five steps to 5 May, Template Action Plans are available on the WHO web pages. These represent a template prepared by WHO to facilitate the development of YOUR action plan, based on the results obtained in your facility by using the WHO Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework. They provide some important, simple yet targeted actions to help you identify and execute plans aimed at hand hygiene improvement in your health-care facility, based on where you are now, whether your Framework results are inadequate/basic, intermediate or advanced/leadership.

Two other key tools you can use in support of 5 May activities are: a forthcoming video message from Professor Didier Pittet which will be available on the web pages and the freely accessible presentation by Professor Pittet which will be aired on 5 May by Webber Teleclasses, with the slides and audio recording available for use any time after this. These will be available by March.

Health-care facility registrations for SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands - Where are we now? What can we achieve together in 2012?

  • WHO so far has secured 14 825 health-care facility registrations in 149 countries
  • There are still a handful of countries without any registered health-care facilities!
  • Help WHO get at least 5 more countries with at least one health-care facility registered by 5 May 2012! Follow the WHO web pages to see how we are progressing with this target
  • Help WHO to continue increasing health-care facility registrations in every country! Set yourself a goal of getting one new health-care facility to register for SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands in February!
  • Registering for SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands, if not already registered, makes every 5 May and hand hygiene improvement work for your health-care facility!

WHO Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework Global Survey - Next steps

WHO is currently analyzing the results of the Global survey. Between 1,000 and 1,500 health-care facilities submitted their data online to WHO, with many countries represented. The team is contacting coordinators of the hand hygiene national/subnational campaigns who collaborated to promote participation, in order to share their national findings. The overall results of the Survey will be issued on 5 May 2012. Given the "evaluation" nature of this survey, gathering submissions from so many courageous health-care facilities has been a great success!

An update on WHO CleanHandsNet - The strength of national campaigns

WHO CleanHandsNet, the network of country/area official campaigns facilitated by WHO Clean Care is Safer Care, continues to grow highlighting that hand hygiene campaigns are still a critical part of patient safety. The latest newsletter containing valuable information from these countries can be found on our WHO web pages

WHO-recommended handrub formulations - Evaluation of the local production practice survey

The team is conducting a survey on the local production of the WHO-recommended alcohol-based handrub formulations worldwide. If your facility is locally producing the WHO-recommended formulations or you are aware of any other facilities doing so, please contact Joanna Bauer-Savage at bauersavagej@who.int. We would like to extend our thanks to those who have already participated in this important survey.

Free 2012 WHO teleclass series on infection control

The first presentation of the 2012 WHO Teleclass series is being held today! The title is "Behavioural change in infection prevention and control", by Professor Andreas Voss, Nijmegen, Netherland. Please participate and see the whole agenda for this year.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment and support to WHO for SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands! It is nothing without you! Cascade this newsletter or use messages within it to communicate with your colleagues and contacts.

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.

Enquiries: savelives@who.int.


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.

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