Clean Care is Safer Care

Special update

23 April 2010

Dear colleagues

In this special update:

  • Update on WHO Infection Control Webinar Series - Special Hand Hygiene Focus to celebrate SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands
  • WHO Twitter Channel - subscribe now to receive SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands messages
  • Participate in the Hand Hygiene Moment 1 - Global Observation Survey

Twelve days to go until 5 May 2010 and 8000 health-care facilities have already registered their commitment! Thank you for continuing to enthusiastically support the achievement of hand hygiene improvement and the SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands initiative.

Update on WHO Infection Control Webinar Series - Special Hand Hygiene Focus to celebrate SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands

3 May, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM & 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CEST - Geneva time) - WHO SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands global annual initiative, the story so far…., Dr B. Allegranzi & C. Kilpatrick - ' The SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands initiative was launched in 2009 to enhance sustainability of hand hygiene practices around the globe and as such issues an annual call to action on 5 May every year by inviting health-care workers, facilities and organizations to actively campaign for improved hand hygiene at the point of care to reduce health-care associated infections. It also aims to demonstrate worldwide commitment to this global priority health-care movement. It's simple to remember, like holding up two hands- 5/5 - 5 May every year. This presentation aims to overview the importance of a global movement and to describe progress to date. The focus for the future must be on making sure that hand hygiene and patient safety are seen as a precondition, not just a priority.'

5 May, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM & 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CEST - Geneva time) - Improving hand hygiene worldwide, Professor D. Pittet - ' Hand hygiene is the leading measure to prevent antimicrobial resistance spread and reduce health care-associated infections. However, health-care worker compliance with optimal practices remains low in most settings. Available evidence highlights the fact that multimodal intervention strategies, including universal adoption of alcohol-based handrub as a critical system change for successful promotion, lead to improved hand hygiene and reduction in health care-associated infection. WHO First Global Patient Safety Challenge “Clean Care is Safer Care” has focused on raising global awareness of the importance of heath care-associated infection as a priority patient safety issue. The programme encourages health-care workers and health-care settings worldwide to be part of a global movement to improve and sustain hand hygiene.

The lecture summarizes the evidence supporting hand hygiene promotion and highlights the importance of taking action at all levels: at the bed side, at the facility level, at the national level and globally. It also explores the newly developed instruments to measure the dynamic of hand hygiene promotion at facility level together with tools for improvement towards hand hygiene excellence centres.'Register for a session now by clicking a date below:

5 May, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM (CEST - Geneva time) - Améliorer l’hygiène des mains à travers le monde, Professor D. Pittet - ' L’hygiène des mains est la mesure principale à employer pour diminuer la résistance antimicrobienne et pour limiter les infections associées aux soins. Toutefois, l’observance des professionnels de santé, accompagnée de pratiques optimales de l’hygiène des mains, reste faible dans la plupart des établissements de soins. Des études publiées soulignent le fait que les stratégies multimodales d’intervention, comprenant l’adoption universelle de la solution hydro-alcoolique en tant que procédé d’amélioration exemplaire pour une promotion réussie, mènent à une meilleure hygiène des mains et à la réduction des infections associées aux soins. Le Premier Défi Mondial de l’OMS pour la Sécurité des Patients “Clean Care is Safer Care” s’est efforcé de sensibiliser le monde entier sur les conséquences des infections associées aux soins, problème d’envergure pour la sécurité des patients. Le programme encourage les professionnels de santé, ainsi que les établissements de soins à travers le monde, à se joindre à ce mouvement global pour améliorer et pérenniser l’hygiène des mains.

Cette conférence montre la nécessité de défendre la promotion de l’hygiène des mains et souligne l’importance d’une action à tous les niveaux : au pied du lit du patient, dans les établissements de soins et aux échelons national et international. La conférence permet également de connaître les instruments développés récemment pour mesurer la dynamique de la promotion de l’hygiène des mains dans les établissements de soins, ainsi que les outils d’amélioration, afin d’obtenir des centres d’excellence en matière d’hygiène des mains.'

6 May, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CEST- Geneva time) - Impact of hand hygiene improvement on health care-associated infection, Dr L. Grayson - 'Evidence of reduction of health care-associated infection associated with hand hygiene practices is one of the key features of WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care. In Australia a number of studies have been conducted to describe health care-associated infection reduction. This presentation will be both informative and important for all of those working on HAI reduction programmes.'

WHO Twitter Channel - subscribe now to receive SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands messages

Participate in the Hand Hygiene Moment 1 - Global Observation Survey

Read more about the survey in the Hand Hygiene Moment 1 - Global Observation Survey Instructions downloadable at http://www.who.int/gpsc/5may/en/ and take the opportunity to play a crucial part in this activity along with other health-care workers at your health-care facility and around the globe - deadline 30 April!

Remember to check the SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands web pages regularly for new resources and to email savelives@who.int with information on your plans and local activities for 5 May 2010.


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

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