Clean Care is Safer Care

no 42

5 June 2012

Dear Colleagues,

In this newsletter:

  • Congratulations on 5 May 2012!
  • Update on SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands registrations
  • Advocates for SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands
  • Reminder - WHO teleclasses, video recordings and hand hygiene tools
  • Participation in the ESCMID Worldwide Antimicrobial Stewardship Survey
  • Seasonal break for the SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands newsletter

Congratulations again on 5 May 2012!

Since 5 May this year, WHO has continued to receive information about all of the activities that took place on or around this important day. Thank you again to all those who worked hard to be part of the fourth year celebrations of the WHO SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands global annual campaign. WHO is storing the information received and using it to illustrate global commitment and activities in upcoming presentations.

Update on SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands registrations

To add to the announcement of new countries joining SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands in the 5 May newsletter, we are proud to announce commitment from Belize, the Cook Islands, Lesotho and Namibia this year, just after release of the 5 May newsletter. Thank you to the facilities in each of these countries.

Total registrations this year have now reached 15 202 health-care facilities from 159 countries. See the latest registration numbers per country now!

Advocates for SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands

For 5 May 2012, WHO again provided web links to pages which had featured SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands 5 May and associated hand hygiene activities. Thank you to everyone who took the time to highlight the focus of this important WHO call to action. We hope that these features will be updated day on day, year on year to maintain the local and global profile. This is critical for the long-term sustainability of the SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands.

WHO's social media campaign for SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands saw support from advocates through the phrase #handhygiene being used on Twitter 2000 times on 5 May! This again provides an amazing profile for this important patient safety topic.

Reminder - WHO teleclasses, video recordings and hand hygiene tools

If you couldn’t join Professor Didier Pittet's special teleclasses around 5 May 2012, you can now access the recording and slides. For information, the numbers joining Professor Pittet’s classes on or around 5 May were an incredible achievement:

  • Live broadcast from Lebanon, 3 May - 3400 attendees
  • Europe rebroadcast, 7 May - 780 attendees
  • French live broadcast, 7 May - 370 attendees
  • North America rebroadcast, 7 May - 1900 attendees
  • On-line recording hits to date – 350

The next free WHO teleclass will be on 6 June 2012 at 2.30 pm CET: Economic Impact of Health care-Associated Infections in Low and Middle Income Countries Speaker: Dr A. Nevzat Yalcin, Akdeniz University, Turkey.

WHO Hand Hygiene improvement tools, including the new documents on hand hygiene in outpatient care, home-based care and long-term facilities can be downloaded at any time to support your activities.

Participation in the ESCMID Worldwide Antimicrobial Stewardship Survey

WHO SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands fully supports one of its greatest stakeholders, ESCMID, in the effort to collect information about antimicrobial stewardship programmes worldwide. WHO recommends that you participate in the ESCMID Worldwide Antimicrobial Stewardship Survey by answering the questionnaire. The deadline is 10 July 2012.

Seasonal break for the SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands newsletter

Given the commitment of health-care workers around the globe, managing the many prevalent infection prevention and control challenges, WHO will take a break from issuing this newsletter in July and August and resume in September to outline ongoing plans to maintain the global profile of SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands

Thank you again for all your efforts and for cascading these messages to your colleagues.

The WHO Patient Safety: Clean Care is Safer Care team.


Previous SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands newsletters can be used to help you develop your own messages to encourage others to take action.

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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