Clean Care is Safer Care

Update No 23 - Heading towards 5 May 2011...

5 October 2010

Dear colleagues,

Hand hygiene during health care is everyone's concern and everyone has a responsibility to take action. The global annual campaign SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands aims to galvanise hand hygiene action at the point of patient care.

For two years now, as part of this global annual campaign, the world has demonstrated its commitment by signing up to the global movement and undertaking and sharing locally driven activities on hand hygiene improvements at the point of care.

The focus for 2011 is to 'check your status'. Do you know where your facility stands on hand hygiene improvement and sustainability? If not, how will you know what to improve to make patients safer and reduce health care-associated infections? Assessment is key to deciding what next steps to take.

More details on undertaking assessments on or around 5 May 2011 will be promoted in the months ahead.

Registrations for SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands are still welcome - we count on you to encourage other health-care facilities to sign up.

Also, this month :

Les outils et ressources pour contribuer à l'amélioration de l'hygiène des mains sont finalement disponibles en français.

Coming soon to the SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands web pages
  • WHO postcards and posters - to download, print and use for your events
  • Pronto disponibles en la Web, los pósters: " ¿Cómo desinfectarse las manos?"," ¿Cómo lavarse las manos?" y "Sus 5 Momentos para la Higiene de las Manos"
  • Hand Hygiene Moment 1 - Global Observation Survey Summary Report results - All health-care facilities registered for the WHO SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands annual campaign were invited to participate in a global survey on or around 5 May 2010 by observing hand hygiene compliance with Moment 1 (before touching a patient). Following collation and analysis of submitted data, results can now be viewed online.
    Any enquiries on the Moment 1 data or results should be sent to
WHO Infection Control webinar series

19 October 2010, 3 pm (CET)
Title: Epidemiology and prevention of urinary tract infection
Speaker: A. Voss, Nijmegen, Netherlands

Forthcoming conference

The First International Conference on Prevention and Infection Control will take place in Geneva, Switzerland on 29th June - 2nd July 2011. Find more details below:

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 health-care facilities around 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.

Send any enquiries to

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 or any other language. 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, en espagnol ou en tout autre langue. 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, español, o cualquier otro idioma. Le pedimos disculpas por cualquier inconveniente que podamos causarle, y esperamos seguir contando con su valiosa participación como lector de nuestro boletin.