Clean Care is Safer Care

Update No 30

21 April 2011

Dear Colleagues,

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

  • Get the latest SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands registration numbers in your region
  • The burden of health care-associated infection: full WHO report to be released on 5 May
  • Its never too late to take action to save lives - using WHO tools
  • Get your web pages on the WHO SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands website
  • Latest WHO resources to help your activities
  • Remember to register for the free WHO infection control teleclasses on 5 May

SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands registration numbers in your region

The latest WHO SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands health-care facility registration total is 12 902.

Do you think your region and country could do better? Help us get nearer 15 000 by 5 May!

Cascade messaging and encouraging others is critical to this; the benefits of being part of this global movement are featured on the registration page.

The burden of health care-associated infection

WHO will release its Report on the burden of endemic health care-associated infection worldwide (a systematic review of the literature), on 5 May 2011. The report provides data and details of WHO's work in this area. Watch the WHO web pages for access to the full report.

Take action to save lives - using WHO tools, every day

It is never too late to take action and SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands aims to promote hand hygiene action at the point of patient care every day. Use the WHO Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework and other WHO hand hygiene improvement tools to help you, as well as SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands communications to inform your messages whenever your are holding hand hygiene events, sessions, etc.

Get your web pages on WHO SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands website

If you have featured information on WHO SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands and 5 May 2011 on your web pages send the link to savelives@who.int. It is our intention to connect with you as our key advocates to ensure SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands is visible year on year on as many web sites as possible, which will help to keep momentum for this global movement.

Latest WHO resources to help your activities

Visit the updated SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands web pages on or after 5 May to get new information on the use of the WHO Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework and the an update on the global burden of health care-associated infections.

Join WHO twitter to follow a range of interesting information and look out for new hand hygiene messages soon which you can use to re-tweet to others on and around 5 May. WHO official facebook pages can also be a great source of information.

Look out for a new video of Professor Pittet that can be used at your hand hygiene events.

Free WHO infection control teleclasses - 5 May

Thank you for your ongoing commitment. You are our main contacts and we very much appreciate you continuing to spread the message on the importance of hand hygiene; send this message to 5 of your contacts today!

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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