Clean Care is Safer Care

Update No 26

12 January 2011

Dear Colleagues, Happy New Year

In this edition:

  • Heading towards 5 May 2011….
  • Free WHO infection control teleclasses - 2011
  • WHO available resources

Heading towards 5 May 2011….

Your day:

Which 'days' will you choose to honor to this year? On 5 May many events are celebrated around the globe: some European colleagues celebrate liberation day; Mexico and the United States remember the halting of an invasion of Mexico in 1862; International midwives day is also celebrated. There are many 'days' now but as dedicated health-care professionals, lets make taking action to promote and ensure patient safety our 'day' for 2011; 5 May 2011 - a day which focuses on action that can save patient lives in all care settings.

Your action for sustained hand hygiene to save lives:
  • 'Commit' = register for WHO SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands, 5 May global annual campaign - be part of an exciting global movement;
  • 'Track your progress' = download and start using the WHO Hand Hygiene Self Assessment Framework (see link below); remember that its use is the action for 5 May this year!
  • 'Plan your actions' = address deficiencies and plan for repeated use of the Self Assessment Framework and other hand hygiene improvement tools.

Encourage your colleagues in other health-care settings to take these steps. Registration for those who have not already done so is simple.

Until 5 May 2011, consider taking a new simple weekly action: every step could ensure enhanced patient safety. For example, remember that not everyone knows as much about hand hygiene as you; give colleagues simple reminders and facts about when it is important, that it doesn’t need take long and how glove use and hand hygiene work together safely.

Users of the WHO Hand Hygiene Assessment Framework:

So far, only 56 contacts have let us know that they are using or are going to use the WHO Hand Hygiene Self Assessment Framework. Download and use the Framework, and give us your information.

Free WHO infection control teleclasses - 2011

The first class in on 1 February 2011.

WHO available resources

Approximately 120 days remain until 5 May 2011; let’s celebrate 5 May together, ensuring a global profile for this important day of action. But let’s not forget the importance of hand hygiene every day of every year.

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, WHO First Global Patient Safety Challenge: 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. 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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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.