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  1. Content Article
    The theme of this year's World Hand Hygiene Day—which takes place on 5 May—is 'sharing knowledge'. In this blog, hub topic leader Julie Storr looks at the question of why it's still so important to share knowledge about hand hygiene. She highlights the power of sharing knowledge to save lives, the need to address research gaps and that hand hygiene should be integrated into all aspects of frontline care.  She also shares tools and resources that can be used to help train and equip frontline healthcare professionals.
  2. Event
    In the context of a multimodal improvement strategy, WHO highlights the importance of training of health workers for sustainable improvement in infection prevention and control (IPC), including hand hygiene. Many countries are demonstrating strong engagement and advancements in scaling-up infection prevention and control (IPC) strategies and actions, but overall, the progress is slow, and gains are at risk. In multiple WHO surveys for example, training and education was the weakest component of IPC programmes around the world both at the national and facility level. With a global workforce of 65 million health workers, this year's campaign focus on training and education and taking action on, for example, hand hygiene can help save lives. Objectives To describe the evidence for the value of IPC and hand hygiene education and training. To outline WHHD 2024 resources and activities. To introduce new products impacting IPC education and training. To promote a shared understanding that IPC education and training should be in place for all health workers to reduce the risk of HAI and AMR, including winners of the WHHD case study submissions. Register
  3. Event
    This global webinar is organised to promote and mark the launch of "My 5 Moments: The Game," an innovative digital game developed through a collaboration between the WHO Infection Prevention and Control Unit and Hub, WHO Academy, game designer, learning game expert, and end users. Aimed at revolutionising hand hygiene education, this game-based learning programme integrates the concept of "My Five Moments for Hand Hygiene" into an engaging, compassionate, and scientifically-backed gaming experience. Set in the futuristic International Alien Hospital, the game challenges players to maintain optimal hand hygiene practices to ensure the safety of both alien patients and the Earth. This session aims to introduce healthcare professionals, educators, and other relevant stakeholders to the game's unique approach to infection prevention and control through gamification, design insights, and the importance of empathy in healthcare. Objectives: To introduce "My 5 Moments: The Game" to healthcare professionals, IPC practitioners, educators, and stakeholders, highlighting its innovative approach to hand hygiene education through gamification, and demonstrating how it can transform traditional learning methodologies in IPC. To provide insights into the game's design and development process, emphasizing the integration of compassion, care, and empathy into its gameplay, and illustrating the importance of these elements in creating a more effective and engaging learning experience for healthcare workers. To encourage the adoption of "My 5 Moments: The Game" within healthcare training and education programmes, to bring behavior change among healthcare workers, and offering guidance on integrating this innovative tool into existing IPC efforts. Register
  4. Event
    WHO Infection Prevention and Control Global Webinar Series Each year the WHO’s World Hand Hygiene day aims to maintain a global profile on the importance of hand hygiene in health care and to ‘bring people together’ in support of hand hygiene improvement globally. On this day, everyone, in countries and health facilities, can renew their support and promote and implement strategies and innovations to improve hand hygiene practices in health care. Objectives: To promote a shared understanding of the fact that IPC education and training should be in place for all health workers by utilizing team- and task-based strategies that are participatory and include bedside and simulation training to reduce the risk of HAI and AMR. To outline the importance of campaigning for hand hygiene and WHHD 2024 resources. To outline and describe proposed WHHD 2024 activities. To stimulate engagement with the campaign on and around 5 May 2024. Register
  5. Content Article
    e-Bug, operated by the UK Health Security Agency, is a health education programme that aims to promote positive behaviour change among children and young people to support infection prevention and control efforts, and to respond to the global threat of antimicrobial resistance. e-Bug provides free resources for educators, community leaders, parents, and caregivers to educate children and young people and ensure they are able to play their role in preventing infection outbreaks and using antimicrobials appropriately.
  6. News Article
    Half of healthcare facilities worldwide lack basic hygiene services with water and soap or alcohol-based hand rub where patients receive care and at toilets in these facilities, according to a new report by WHO and UNICEF. Around 3.85 billion people use these facilities, putting them at greater risk of infection, including 688 million people who receive care at facilities with no hygiene services at all. “Hygiene facilities and practices in health care settings are non-negotiable. Their improvement is essential to pandemic recovery, prevention and preparedness. Hygiene in health care facilities cannot be secured without increasing investments in basic measures, which include safe water, clean toilets, and safely managed health care waste,” said Dr Maria Neira, WHO Director, Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health. “I encourage Member States to step up their efforts to implement their 2019 World Health Assembly commitment to strengthen water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services in health care facilities, and to monitor these efforts.” The latest report, “Progress on WASH in health care facilities 2000–2021: special focus on WASH and infection prevention and control”, has for the first time established this global baseline on hygiene services – which assessed access at points of care as well as toilets – as more countries than ever report on critical elements of WASH services in their hospitals and other health centres. For hygiene, data are now available for 40 countries, representing 35% of the world’s population, up from 21 countries in 2020 and 14 in 2019. The newly established global estimate reveals a clearer and more alarming picture of the state of hygiene in health care facilities. Though 68% of health care facilities had hygiene facilities at points of care, and 65% had handwashing facilities with water and soap at toilets, only 51% had both and therefore met the criteria for basic hygiene services. Furthermore, 1 in 11 (9%) of health care facilities globally have neither. “If health care providers don’t have access to a hygiene service, patients don’t have a health care facility,” said Kelly Ann Naylor, UNICEF Director of WASH and Climate, Environment, Energy, and Disaster Risk Reduction (CEED). “Hospitals and clinics without safe water and basic hygiene and sanitation services are a potential death trap for pregnant mothers, newborns, and children. Every year, around 670,000 newborns lose their lives to sepsis. This is a travesty – even more so as their deaths are preventable.” Read full story Source: WHO, 30 August 2022
  7. Content Article
    To overcome this preventable disease we need to invest in failing infrastructure and tackle humanitarian crises at cholera’s roots, says Petra Khoury in this BMJ article. Once thought to be close to eradication, cholera is back—dehydrating and killing people within hours and ravaging communities across six continents. Despite the alarming numbers of cases and deaths over the past year, decision makers are averting their eyes, leaving people to die from a preventable and treatable disease. The healthcare community should sound the alarm for immediate actions. A strong and global emergency response is urgently needed, but it is only a first step. More than ever the world must invest in water and sanitation systems and prepare communities before outbreaks occur.
  8. Content Article
    The Hand Hygiene Acceleration Framework Tool (HHAFT) tracks the process that a government has undergone to develop and implement a plan of action for hand hygiene improvement, and assesses the quality of that plan. It helps identify barriers, opportunities and priority actions for accelerating progress towards hand hygiene and drive investment to these plans. This webpage includes a dashboard that captures data from different countries. Use of this common framework allows for cross-country learning and exchange, and helps direct and coordinate global action.
  9. Content Article
    The Global Taskforce on WASH in healthcare facilities aims to provide global strategic direction and coordination to the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF and to allow for information exchange and dialogue. The latest World Health Organization (WHO) data show that there are major global gaps in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services in health care facilities: half of health care facilities do not have basic hand hygiene services one in five facilities have no water services one in ten have no sanitation services. WHO and UNICEF convened a series of stakeholder ‘think-tanks’ to discuss barriers to progress, coinciding with the launch of the Global Report on WASH in health care facilities. The Global Taskforce on WASH evolved from these think-tanks, and this webpage includes a link to a synthesis of their work in 2022-23. The purpose of the task force is to: encourage and hold accountable national governments to achieve the objectives established by WHA 72/7 and SDG 3 and SDG 6 reinforce calls for strong health leadership (e.g. mobilising political leaders at global events including G7, G20, UNGA) work at country level to increase demand, financing and integration of WASH in health programming and reporting support greater collaboration with other initiatives (e.g. UHC, Child/maternal health, AMR, climate smart health systems, Hand Hygiene for All).
  10. Content Article
    This report by the World Health Organization (WHO) identifies major global gaps in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services. It outlines that: one third of health care facilities do not have what is needed to clean hands where care is provided one in four facilities have no water services 10% have no sanitation services. This means that 1.8 billion people use facilities that lack basic water services and 800 million use facilities with no toilets. Across the world’s 47 least-developed countries, the problem is even greater, with half of health care facilities lacking basic water services. In addition, the extent of the problem remains hidden because major gaps in data persist, especially on environmental cleaning. The report describes the global and national responses to the 2019 World Health Assembly resolution on WASH in health care facilities. More than 70% of countries have conducted related situation analyses, 86% have updated and are implementing standards and 60% are working to incrementally improve infrastructure and operation and maintenance of WASH services. Case studies from 30 countries demonstrate that progress is being propelled by strong national leadership and coordination, use of data to direct resources and action, and the mutual benefits of empowering health workers and communities to develop solutions together. The report includes four recommendations to all countries and partners to accelerate investments and improvements in WASH services in health care facilities: Implement costed national roadmaps with appropriate financing. Monitor and regularly review progress in improving WASH services, practices and the enabling environment. Develop capacities of the health workforce to sustain WASH services and promote and practice good hygiene. Integrate WASH into regular health sector planning, budgeting and programming to deliver quality services, including Covid-19 response and recovery efforts.
  11. Content Article
    This practice recommendation offers practical recommendations to assist acute-care hospitals in prioritising and implementing strategies to prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) through hand hygiene. It updates Strategies to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections in Acute Care Hospitals through Hand Hygiene, published in 2014. This expert guidance document is sponsored by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology (SHEA) and is the product of a collaborative effort led by SHEA, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, the American Hospital Association and The Joint Commission.
  12. News Article
    Visitors to a hospital are stealing hand sanitising gel daily – as demand for the product surges amid fears over coronavirus. Bottles have been taken from patients' beds and dispensers ripped off walls at Northampton General Hospital. Bosses said the gel was "disappearing every day" and they have had to limit the supply on wards. "Nothing like this has ever happened in all the years we've had the gel," said a hospital spokeswoman. "Over the past week we've seen stocks on wards disappear from the end of beds every single day," Sally-Anne Watts, associate communications director, told the BBC. "Three wall-mounted dispensers have been ripped off and we've even seen people coming in and topping up their own dispensers with our product," she said. Since the hospital's supplies have been going missing, Mrs Watts said, bottles were no longer being put at the end of all beds. "We don't have an unlimited supply and would ask that visitors to the site respect the fact that we are doing all we can to keep our patients, visitors and staff safe, and we need their support," she added. Read full story Source: BBC News, 6 March 2020
  13. Content Article
    Between 2006 and 2009, WHO elaborated and issued the concept of ‘My Five Moments for Hand Hygiene’ in healthcare in collaboration with the pioneering infection prevention and control (IPC) research group at the University of Geneva. The primary objective of this approach is to facilitate behavioural change and prioritise hand hygiene action at the exact times needed to prevent the transmission of pathogens and avoid harm to patients and health workers during care delivery. Importantly, the Five Moments approach overcomes some relevant barriers to hand hygiene practices identified before its launch, such as long lists for hand hygiene action without any consideration of the dynamics of patient, health worker and environmental interactions The Five Moments approach is being constantly tailored to meet the challenges of care locations outside the traditional hospital setting, as well as across all countries and resource levels. The main thrust of the approach remains targeted at patient and health worker safety at the point of care where the risk of acquiring infection can be at its highest. Further work to help meet the Five Moments objectives through its adaptation and adoption worldwide is to be welcomed. WHO committed to further action and research on lessons learnt from field implementation, as well as the active dissemination of available tools to support countries to further understand and accept this proven approach.
  14. Content Article
    This is part of our new series of Patient Safety Spotlight interviews, where we talk to people about their role and what motivates them to make health and social care safer. Julie talks to us about how attitudes to patient safety have evolved since the 1990s, the role of the World Health Organization in improving quality and safety, and the need to learn lessons from infection prevention and control approaches that were adopted during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  15. Content Article
    Poster from the World Health Organization (WHO).
  16. Content Article
    hub topic lead Julie Storr highlights World Hand Hygiene Day and why hand hygiene in healthcare is one small but important part of keeping people safe.
  17. Content Article
    This recent study published by the Journal of Hospital Infection, evaluated using patients as hand hygiene observers in an outpatient setting. It demonstrated that the implementation of a hand hygiene compliance improvement programme using the patient as the observer can be adopted successfully in the ambulatory setting.
  18. Event
    When people seek healthcare, they are hoping to get better. Too often, however, they end up getting a new, avoidable infection – which is often resistant to antimicrobials and can sometimes even be fatal. When a health facility’s “quality and safety climate or culture” values hand hygiene and infection prevention and control (IPC), this results in both patients and health workers feeling protected and cared for. That is why the World Hand Hygiene Day (WHHD) theme for 2022 is a “health care quality and safety climate or culture” that values hand hygiene and IPC, and the slogan is “Unite for safety: clean your hands”. This webinar will bring together experts from WHO and from academic institutions and leaders from the field to discuss how a strong institutional quality and safety climate or culture that values hand hygiene and IPC is a critical element of effective strategies to reduce the spread of infection and antimicrobial resistance. New evidence on this as well as priorities for research in this area identified by WHO will be presented. With the help of a facilitator, participants will have the unique opportunity to dialogue with the expert panel and bring their experiences. The webinar will also be the exceptional moment for the launch of the first WHO global report on IPC. Now is the time to unite by talking about and working together on an institutional safety climate that believes in hand hygiene for IPC and high-quality, safe care. Objectives To overview the new WHO hand hygiene research agenda and evidence on the role of a health care quality and safety climate or culture for hand hygiene improvement. To describe a range of experiences regarding the evidence for and efforts to support a health care quality culture and safety climate through clean hands and IPC programmes of work. To launch the first WHO global report on IPC. Register
  19. Content Article
    Gloves are one of the most common single-use plastic items in healthcare. Between 25 February 2020 and 24 February 2021, 5.5 billion gloves were used in the NHS and social care in England alone. By making one change to reduce unnecessary glove use we can help make healthcare more sustainable. Find out more about glove awareness from the Royal College of Nursing's website.
  20. Content Article
    Despite under-reporting, health workers (HWs) accounted for 2-30% of the reported COVID-19 cases worldwide. In line with data from other countries, Jordan recorded multiple case surges among HWs. This study from Tarif et al. looked at infection prevention and control risk factors in HWs infected with Covid-19. Study findings confirmed the role of hand hygiene as one of the most cost-effective measures to combat the spreading of viral infections.
  21. Content Article
    This study in BMC Health Services Research aimed to evaluate the impact of an Internet of Things intervention in a hospital unit. The Internet of Things refers to a network of physical objects that are connected by sensors, software and other technologies in order to transfer data and interact with one another. This study demonstrates the effects of smart technologies on patient falls, hand hygiene compliance rate and staff experiences. The authors reported some positive changes that were also reflected in interviews with staff. They identified behavioural and environmental issues as being particularly important to ensure the success of Internet of Things innovations in a hospital setting.
  22. Content Article
    These resources by Health Education for Scotland support their e-learning modules on hand hygiene. You will need an account to access the e-learning modules, but the supporting resources are available to download. Resources include: Hand hygiene: print version, PDF version of the SIPCEP foundation layer e-learning module 'Hand hygiene' for use in offline settings Advantages and disadvantages of alcohol based hand rub (ABHR), This document lists the advantages and disadvantages of using ABHRs and handwashing Preparing your hands before starting work: job aid, A short job aid for Hand hygiene Hand hygiene using alcohol based hand rub (ABHR): tip sheet, A short tip sheet for using ABHRs Washing hands with liquid soap and warm running water: tip sheet, A short tip sheet about washing hands with liquid soap Work based activity – Hand hygiene Video: What's stopping you? Video: Alcohol-based hand rub Video: Liquid soap and warm water
  23. Content Article
    The 5 May is World Hand Hygiene Day. This year's theme is focused on recognising that we can add to a facility's climate or culture of safety and quality through cleaning our hands but also that a strong quality and safety culture will encourage people to clean hands at the right times and with the right products. See the World Health Organization's questions and answers about World Hand Hygiene Day.
  24. Content Article
    In March 2018, the Secretary-General of the United Nations launched a global call to action for WASH in all healthcare facilities, noting that healthcare facilities are essential tools in reducing disease, and that without basic WASH services, healthcare facilities can instead contribute to more infections, prolonged hospital stays and preventable deaths, including of mothers and babies. This call was answered in a May 2019 World Health Assembly resolution calling on countries to conduct comprehensive assessments of WASH and IPC in health care facilities, and to take steps to improve WASH and IPC conditions where necessary. In May 2022, the World Health Assembly passed a resolution calling for WHO to draft a global strategy on infection prevention and control. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), through the WHO/ UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (JMP) release progress updates on WASH in households, WASH in schools and WASH in health care facilities every two years. This 2022 update presents national, regional and global estimates for WASH in healthcare facilities up to the year 2021, with a special  focus on the linkages between WASH and infection prevention and control (IPC).  Achieving universal access to WASH in health care facilities requires political will and strong leadership at both national and facility levels, but is highly cost-effective, and would yield substantial health benefits. 
  25. Content Article
    Gloves are an important part of infection prevention and control, but they are often misused and overused in clinical practice, putting patients at increased risk of infection. During the Covid-19 pandemic, this issue has been exacerbated due to health professionals’ fear and anxiety. This article, published by Nursing Times, explores these issues, as well as actions to encourage the appropriate use of non-sterile gloves to protect both patients and health professionals.
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