Clean Care is Safer Care

Update No 22

6 August 2010

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.

Dear colleagues

In this month's newsletter:

  • SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign udpate
  • 5 May local activities shared with WHO
  • WHO infection control webinar series update
  • The importance of coordinated country or area campaigns
  • Forthcoming conference featuring First Global Patient Safety Challenge presentations

SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign udpate

WHO's role includes encouraging engagement and action to maintain the global movement that is SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands. Numbers are a great awareness-raising mechanism, as demonstrated by the growing number of registered health-care facilities after two years of a call to action, but they are not the end point. Sustaining efforts to improve patient safety requires dedicated action and innovation, both of which are now more crucial than ever. WHO has appreciated receiving communications about country and health-care facility activities. Action must continue; use the WHO tools to support your actions.

WHO recommendations for 5 May 2011 will be shared early October 2010. There will be a break from this SAVE LIVES newsletter in September.

5 May local activities shared with WHO

WHO has been overwhelmed by the number of communications it has received about activities. As many as possible were placed on the dedicated web pages, however, it was not technically possible to add those received after 5 May. The team has stored these additional communications for reference and use when showcasing the global support shown for this annual campaign. Thank you again to everyone.

WHO infection control Webinar Series update

17 August 2010 at 15.00hrs (Central European Time, 14.00hrs GMT)
Hospital Sterilization and Disinfection Procedures
S. Mehtar, Cape Town, South Africa

The importance of coordinated country or area campaigns

At a time when countries around the globe are facing financial difficulties and changing health-care systems, the opportunity to further raise the profile of health care-associated infections must be taken, in support of patient safety. WHO fully supports the need to embed and sustain infection prevention and control programmes of work into systems and cultures and has recognised the power and importance of using hand hygiene as the entrance door over these last five years. One way in which we expect activities can be sustained, including those dedicated to SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands, is to progress with coordinated efforts such as country or area hand hygiene campaigns. These campaigns can take on many forms depending on the situation. WHO CleanHandsNet provides examples of those at different stages; the numbers undertaking coordinated efforts have been growing this year. If you are starting a campaign consider using the our tips to guide you, or if you are in a mature phase and wondering what the next steps might be, consider using the WHO Hand Hygiene Self Assessment Framework in different facilities to inform a country-level picture of progress.

Forthcoming Conference

The 50th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) is being held in Boston on USA 12-15 September 2010. Those attending this conference will have the opportunity to hear presentations from Dr Benedetta Allegranzi, Deputy Lead of WHO First Global Patient Safety Challenge, speaking on the burden of disease associated with health care-associated infections, infection control in developing countries and results from pilot testing the WHO multimodal hand hygiene improvement strategy in ICUs in Italy.

Please cascade this newsletter/information to at least 5 other health-care professionals you meet in the next month to support the change that you want to see in the world!

Thank you for your ongoing commitment.

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

WHO Patient Safety - Is your health-care facility registered for SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands? If not, sign up now and encourage other health-care facilities to do the same.

Previous SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands newsletters can be found at: and can be used to help you develop your own messages to encourage others to take action. Please cascade this and other SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands messages to as many as you can to help this global movement, the time is now more critical than ever.

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