Clean Care is Safer Care

Update No 18

5 March 2010

Dear colleagues

10,000 for 2010 - the target is getting closer!

In this month's newsletter:

  • Registration numbers so far - demonstrating the world's commitment
  • A new country pledges to tackle health care-associated infection
  • A new advocacy resource for 5 May 2010 - a template media release
  • WHO infection control webinar series - March webinar
  • Some recent questions and answers
  • Sharing your 5 May activities with WHO
  • New hand hygiene tools (to support SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands activities) - coming soon
  • Flyers for events & other resources
  • A short note from Professor Didier Pittet, Expert Lead for WHO First Global Patient Safety Challenge

Registration numbers so far

Total number of facilities - 6 415, total number of countries - 130. This represents almost 5 million health-care staff and over 2 million patient beds demonstrating an increasing level of commitment in the global push to highlight hand hygiene as one of the best ways of reducing health care-associated infections. It also gives clear evidence for encouraging others to sign up to be part of this exciting global movement.

A new country pledges to tackle health care-associated infection

On 27 January 2010, Hungary committed to address health care-associated infection, becoming the 122nd country to do so. Congratulations to the Ministry of Health for leading on this important pledge.

A new advocacy resource for 5 May 2010 - template media release

To support efforts in raising awareness on SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands as well as local activities for 5 May 2010, a template media release has been prepared. This can be found via the link below. It links to the advocacy briefing kit which encourages you to consider communications including forthcoming issue dates for your local newsletters and journals.

WHO infection control webinar series - March webinar

On 16 March at 15.00hrs (Central European Time, 14.00hrs GMT), Dr Walter Zingg of Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève will give an interesting and informative lecture on Epidemiology and Prevention of Bloodstream Infections. "Many patients require a central line. Although of benefit, vascular accesses are associated with central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI). CLABSI incidence densities vary between 1 to 7 episodes or more per 1000 catheter-days depending on ward-type, institution and socio-economic status of the country.

Most successful CLABSI prevention strategies are multimodal including a combination of effective single intervention measures. Furthermore, any indication for a central line insertion must be justified. Although there is evidence that some intervention combinations or bundles are effective, no specific combination should be considered superior to another. However, some selection may be necessary as effort, complexity and costs may limit the application of all measures together."

Questions and answers

Recordings of webinars - We received some enquiries about the recordings of the webinars. Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties we were unable to load these on to the web pages immediately after the presentations. We aim to have all recordings available as soon as possible. These will be available on the webpage linked below.

Sharing your 5 May activities with WHO

The information about plans to support 5 May 2010, on the dedicated WHO web pages, is growing but we want to hear more. Email us at savelives@who.int and we will share this information on a dedicated website to encourage others and to celebrate all of your efforts.

New hand hygiene tools to support SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands activities

Two tools, suitable to be used on and around 5 May 2010, will be made available soon. These are: 1) the Moment 1 Observation Form. This is a simplified hand hygiene observation tool, to focus health-care workers on taking action on the first ("before touching a patient") of the WHO "My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene" through the monitoring of compliance as part of a global measurement movement on and around 5 May 2010. 2) the Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework; a systematic tool based on the WHO multimodal hand hygiene improvement strategy with which to obtain a situational analysis of hand hygiene promotion and practices within an individual health-care facility. This will be useful for both early stage and advanced hand hygiene programmes.

Fliers for events & other resources

We continue to receive requests for postcard sized flyers fliers promoting SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands and WHO's 'My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene'.

Requests for fliers, and CD Roms containing all of the tools for resource limited countries, can still be sent to savelives@who.int

Remember to check all our web based resources targeted at health-care facilities below:

A short note from Professor Didier Pittet, Expert Lead for WHO First Global Patient Safety Challenge

"There is a tremendous level of global support for SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands which we hope will continue to increase. We acknowledge this commitment by sending personalized commendation letters and displaying information on the activities of facilities on dedicated WHO web pages. Well done to all of you for demonstrating to the world that you are supporting this WHO global annual initiative and for ensuring patients are safe at the point of care."

With many thanks for your on-going commitment, support and enthusiasm.
Claire Kilpatrick
Programme Manager, First Global Patient Safety Challenge: Clean Care is Safer Care

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