Clean Care is Safer Care

no 40

10 April 2012

Dear Colleagues,

In this edition:

  • Message from Professor Didier Pittet
  • Five steps to 5 May - What's YOUR Plan? - Only 2 steps left!
  • Other support for your 5 May 2012 activities
  • Health-care facility registrations for SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands - Where are we now? What can we achieve together in 2012?
  • Free 2012 WHO teleclass

Message from Professor Didier Pittet

"As a lead in hand hygiene improvement for many, many years, I am once again proud to be part of SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands in 2012. I am excited to say that WHO has again supported the availability of a video recording where I present key messages on the importance of hand hygiene and celebrating this global annual campaign together once again on 5 May 2012. On this date I will be in Lebanon, for a special event where the country will pledge its commitment to reducing health care-associated infection through hand hygiene. This will be an exciting regional event. I will also broadcast my annual SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands teleclass then. As in previous years, the main objective of 5 May is to encourage even more commitment and increased registrations from health-care facilities. Again, I repeat my call to those willing to invest their time and ask them to consider taking on the role of “hand hygiene ambassador” to promote greater awareness worldwide. On behalf of all patients around the world, I urge you to carry on your great work and thank you for your continued support in improving the safety and quality of their care."

See Professor Pittet's video which will be uploaded shortly and use it for your SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands events.

Five steps to 5 May - What's YOUR Plan? - Only 2 steps left!

Here's what WHO is asking you to do in support of the global annual campaign SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands, aimed at maintaining a global profile on the importance of hand hygiene in health care to reduce health care-associated infections and enhance patient safety worldwide. There are five steps in the 2012 call to action heading to 5 May. This month WHO highlights what you could be doing in April.

  • 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 that will be provided shortly 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 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.

Other support for your 5 May 2012 activities

WHO Template Action Plans are available on the WHO web pages in English, Spanish and French. These template action plans strongly link to the WHO Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework. Reviewing your results and mapping these to actions is critical. The template plans facilitate the development of your action plan, by outlining key steps to be taken whether your Framework results are Inadequate/Basic, Intermediate or Advanced/Leadership. The important, simple, yet targeted points will help you to execute plans aimed at further hand hygiene improvements in your health-care facility.

The WHO Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework Global Survey results will be issued on 5 May. Look at how your region is progressing, use this information at local level. For information, there have been almost 70 000 downloads of this Self-Assessment Framework from the WHO web site - it is both a powerful and popular tool - you can still download and use this if you haven’t yet done so.

New WHO guidance document on hand hygiene in outpatient care WHO is delighted to announce the release of the new WHO Guide on Hand Hygiene in Outpatient and Home-based Care and Long-term Care Facilities, triggered by the high demand from countries eager to achieve hand hygiene best practices in all settings where care is provided outside hospitals. Based on available scientific evidence and the input of many experts worldwide, this document provides conceptual and practical guidance for the application of the WHO Multimodal Hand Hygiene Improvement Strategy and the My Five Moments approach in health-care settings where patients are not admitted as inpatients to a hospital.

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    Access the Guide available from 10 April and let your colleagues in outpatient settings know about it! Hand hygiene can be celebrated and promoted beyond hospital settings from 5 May this year!

Health-care facility registrations for SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands - Where are we now? What can we achieve together in 2012?

  • WHO so far has secured 14 904 health-care facility registrations in 150 countries.
  • There are, however, still a number of countries without any registered health-care facilities.To help you see how registrations are progressing WHO will shortly launch a map of the world to highlight the number of registrations from each country per 10 million population.
  • Help WHO get over 155 countries with at least one health-care facility registered by 5 May 2012! Follow the WHO web pages to see how we are progressing with this target
  • Did you manage to get one new health-care facility to register for SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands in the last month? Could you manage to get at least one more during April?
  • Share your plans and activities - sharing is part of global learning. To promote 5 May 2012, we will feature your web pages focused onSAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands including your action plans, so please share them with us now via

Free April 2012 WHO teleclass series on infection control

You can register for the next teleclass at the below link. It is entitled "Implementing change: The technical & socio-adaptive aspects of preventing catheter-associated urinary tract infection" by S. Saint, Ann Arbour, USA, and will take place on 17 on 17 April at 13:30 pm (NYT).

Thank you for your ongoing commitment and support to WHO for SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands! It is nothing without you! Cascade this newsletter or use messages within it to communicate with your colleagues and contacts.

The WHO Patient Safety: Clean Care is Safer Care team.

Previous SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands newsletters can be used to help you develop your own messages to encourage others to take action.


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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.