Clean Care is Safer Care

Update No 29

5 April 2011

Dear Colleagues,

In this edition, sent to you from Claire Kilpatrick, Dr Benedetta Allegranzi and Professor Didier Pittet:

  • Current global events
  • SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands registration numbers in your region
  • WHO Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework
  • Send your web links or case studies to WHO SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands
  • Leading up to 5 May – take advantage of available resources from WHO and others
  • WHO free infection control teleclasses - April and May

Current global events

World Health Day (WHD) - Antimicrobial resistance: no action today, no cure tomorrow

As highlighted in last month's newsletter, World Health Day 2011 is on 7 April; many of you will be involved in important activities supporting antimicrobial resistance efforts.

All our thoughts however are also with those around the globe who are currently experiencing hardship. It is important to remember that positive hand hygiene actions can help in many situations, especially where the risk of disease is heightened due to disasters.

SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands registration numbers in your region

If you want to continue to improve and sustain hand hygiene and help save lives by reducing health care-associated infection, encourage colleagues in other facilities to register their commitment with WHO now if they haven’t already done so. The goal of reaching 15 000 registrations is within our grasp!

Current health-care facility numbers per region

Africa – 411; Americas – 3 102; Eastern Mediterranean – 473 ; Europe – 4 520 ; South East Asia – 999 ; Western Pacific – 2 646.

Do you think your region and country could do better in demonstrating their commitment?

WHO Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework

To date, the Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework has been downloaded over 20 000 times!! It’s one of our most popular tools, as it allows you to track your progress and plan your actions! Make sure you use it to help sustain hand hygiene improvement and give us your details when you download it. Information on the global use of the Framework will be shared by WHO in the coming months.

Send your web links or case studies to WHO SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands

As part of 5 May 2011, WHO is strongly encouraging all those who have featured information on SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands on their web pages to send us the web link to savelives@who.int. We will promote these pages from our SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands home page, to demonstrate the world’s ongoing commitment to sustaining and improving hand hygiene.

Case studies of your work, including successes and challenges can also be submitted and shared to help others in their progress.

Leading up to 5 May – take advantage of available resources from WHO and others

Use the 5 May 2011 flyer at your events found on the web pages featuring our SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands advocacy tools
As well as the Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework, use other hand hygiene tools to carry on with improvements in your area, including the observation form and 'My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene' poster
In countries where internet access is poorer and downloading tools is difficult, you can request a CD of all the WHO hand hygiene tools and a DVD of the WHO hand hygiene 5 Moments training film

Please email savelives@who.int.

Look out for a new video of Professor Pittet that can be used at your hand hygiene events
There will also be a new congratulatory message from Professor Pittet to acknowledge all your efforts every day, every year in support of SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands. Commendation letters will also continue to be distributed to those newly registered facilities.

WHO free infection control teleclasses - April and May

Join Dr Hugo Sax on 6 April and then Professor Didier Pittet for a special teleclass on 5 May.

Thank you sincerely for your ongoing commitment and time year-on-year for this global annual campaign.

Claire Kilpatrick, Dr Benedetta Allegranzi and Professor Didier Pittet
On behalf of WHO Patient Safety: 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.

Send any enquiries to savelives@who.int


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.

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