Patient safety

Regional Global Patient Safety Challenge Workshop - PAHO

5-7 March 2007

The workshop was convened in San Jose, Costa Rica, 5-7 March 2007, to develop a regional strategy for reducing health care-associated infection in Latin America and the Caribbean through better hand hygiene and other improvements in infection control practices, clinical procedures, surveillance and advocacy. Participants included experts on infection prevention and control and policy makers from 21 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Participants of the workshop examined and provided feedback on a set of WHO recommendations on hand hygiene issued as part of the WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care (Advanced Draft) of the First Global Patient Safety Challenge programme, and debated the adaptation of the guidelines to the needs of health care facilities in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Costa Rica is one of 40 countries that have signed on to the First Global Patient Safety Challenge "Clean Care is Safer Care" since it was launched by WHO in 2005. The country's central paediatric hospital, the San José’s Hospital Nacional de Niños, is the site of a pilot study to test the implementation of the WHO recommendations on hand hygiene.