Clean Care is Safer Care

no 37

13 January 2012

Dear Colleagues,


A new year and another 5 May to look forward to!

In this edition:

  • WHO Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework Global Survey
  • Getting ready for 5 May 2012! - 'What's YOUR plan?'
  • WHO free teleclasses - 2011 & 2012

WHO Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework Global Survey

The Global Survey was closed on 31 December 2011. The team is in the process of downloading, cleaning and analysing the data. Results will be shared with national campaign leaders and regional offices, as appropriate and displayed on the web site among the announcements for 5 May 2012. The team warmly thanks all those who contributed to this important survey and importantly all participating facilities. The latter are encouraged to look at their Framework results in depth and prepare an Action Plan for improvement based on the WHO templates (see below) and get ready to contribute towards 5 May 2012!

  • How to participate in the survey
    WHO will undertake analysis to present results in 2012 from the total number of completed Frameworks by WHO Region. Look for updates on this as we approach 5 May 2012.

Five Steps to 5 May 2012! - ‘What's YOUR plan?’

To ensure you can achieve the greatest impact on 5 May 2012, WHO encourages you to make targeted plans for sustained hand hygiene improvement based on your facility's Framework results. The team has outlined activities you can undertake from now until then and WHO will provide template action plans soon:

  • January – What's YOUR Plan: have you used the WHO Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework (HHSAF) to know how your facility is progressing with hand hygiene improvement? If not, use it now as the focus for 5 May is on YOUR Plans, based on your HHSAF results!
  • February – What's YOUR Plan: Have you carefully analysed your own WHO HHSAF results? Based on these results, it's now time to plan your actions to improve and sustain hand hygiene! Use the WHO Targeted Action Plan Templates to guide YOUR plans!
  • March – What's YOUR Plan: Have you made YOUR facility's plan? Are you discussing and engaging with other key players for success and who can help with your action plan to ensure success? Identify at least one or more actions that can be accomplished by or on 5 May 2012 to show YOUR facility's commitment to improving hand hygiene!
  • April – What's YOUR Plan: Is your targeted plan ready for use now, is everyone engaged in supporting its success? If yes, place your Action Plan on your web pages and share the web site address with savelives@who.int so it can feature on WHO web pages. Are you ready for YOUR 5 May activities/celebrations focused on one or more selected actions from your plan?
  • May – What's YOUR Plan: Celebrate on 5 or 7 May! Involve staff and the facility's leadership in your selected action(s) and/or report their results! If you haven't yet, issue YOUR targeted Action Plan, and progress your facility's hand hygiene improvement now, sharing your web page link featuring your plans with WHO to be featured on their pages.

From NOW on, also set yourself a goal of getting new health-care facilities to register for SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands, many countries still have no or few facilities registered. Be part of making this global annual campaign a true long-term success!

WHO free teleclasses - 2011 & 2012

The free teleclass schedule for 2012 is now available! Take advantage of this excellent virtual training opportunity to keep up-to-date alongside colleagues from around the world! In 2011, the free WHO teleclasses on infection control supported by Webber Training were an enormous success! The class by Professor Didier Pittet on 5 May attracted 6 000 participants during the live presentation, with 4 000 accessing the online recording/slides too. Many other classes attracted thousands too. This demonstrates both the need and enthusiasm for WHO to support such training activities.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment and support to WHO for SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands.

Claire Kilpatrick, On behalf of WHO Patient Safety: Clean Care is Safer Care.


Previous SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands newsletters can be found in the archives.

Enquiries: savelives@who.int.


WHO Clean Care is Safer Care

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. 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 et en espagnol. 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 o español. 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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