Clean Care is Safer Care

No 44

21 December 2012

Dear Colleagues,

Before the year comes to a close, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you very much for your invaluable and varied contribution to hand hygiene improvement worldwide, including by responding to our calls in 2012! We would also like to give you some perspectives for 2013, with some reminders and news.

In this edition:

  • 5 May 2013: save the date and see our call to action!
  • New series of Infection Control Teleclasses for 2013
  • New educational events in 2013

1. 5 May 2013

Our web site has just been updated with the first information on 5 May 2013!
Given that 5 May 2013 falls on a Sunday, celebrations around the world will go on from 4 to 7 May 2013. This is to take into account cultural/religious differences around working days and to ensure that all health-care workers have the opportunity to take part in important hand hygiene awareness-raising activities.

Please continue to encourage other facilities to register for SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands to be part of this global initiative and to celebrate 5 May 2013!

Our call to action for you in 2013 is two-fold:

  • Continue to focus on hand hygiene monitoring and feedback!
    Plan to use or reuse the WHO Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework (HHSAF) to get a situation analysis and track progress at your facility. After completing the HHSAF, use and adapt the WHO Template Action Plans to implement your plans for local improvement! Use the many tools for evaluation and feedback available from WHO and select the most suitable indicators for your facility! Consider using innovative approaches to hand hygiene compliance monitoring, such as automatic monitoring and web-based applications using mobile devices, provided that they can detect the 5 Moments for hand hygiene. WHO will set up a new web page on hand hygiene monitoring and feedback in January 2013 to help you focus on this important topic. Look out for this!
  • Remember that your patients have a voice too!
    Patient participation is a powerful way of achieving improvements in health care by building and strengthening a good patient safety climate. Identify the best way to increase patient participation in hand hygiene promotion and improvement, according to the local culture and your facility’s approach. Information about the role that patients can play to achieve safety in health-care delivery can be found through the WHO Patients for Patient Safety Programme. Evidence about patient participation/empowerment in hand hygiene promotion and improvement and suggested actions to achieve it can be found in the following WHO documents:

WHO will set up a new web page on patient participation in hand hygiene in January 2013 to help you focus on this important topic. Look out for this too!

2. New series of WHO Infection Control Teleclasses in 2013

In 2012 we had a very rich and successful programme. Teleclass recordings from 2012 can still be accessed. We are very grateful to Webber Training for having renewed support to us for 2013, with a new schedule. The first teleclass will take place on 6 February 2013 at 2.30 pm (CET): Dr B. Allegranzi, from WHO HQ, will present on “Improving the patient safety culture as a successful component of infection control strategies”. You can already register now!

3. Educational events in 2013

Some places are still available for the Workshop sponsored by ESCMID entitled "Prevention and clinical management of health care-associated infections in “real” life - a patient-centered perspective". The workshop will be organized by the University of Geneva Hospitals-WHO Collaborating Center on Patient Safety along with the University of Tübingen in Germany, and will take place in Geneva from 25 to 27 February 2013. Consider registering for this event!

The second International Conference on Prevention and Infection Control (ICPIC) will be held in Geneva from 25 to 28 June 2013. Submit your abstract for this up to 22 March 2013!

Thank you for your ongoing commitment and support to WHO SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands.

Very best wishes to all those who are celebrating Christmas and to all for a healthy and happy 2013! Let’s make more progress together in the new year!

WHO Patient Safety Programme: Clean Care is Safer Care

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


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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.