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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Content Article
    My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene The My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene approach defines the key moments when healthcare workers should perform hand hygiene. This evidence-based, field-tested, user-centred approach is designed to be easy to learn, logical and applicable in a wide range of settings. This approach recommends health-care workers to clean their hands: before touching a patient, before clean/aseptic procedures, after body fluid exposure/risk, after touching a patient, and after touching patient surroundings.
  4. Content Article
    Hand hygiene has had a high prominence in the context of COVID-19 during the past year. World Hand Hygiene Day, celebrated each year on the 5 May, and led by the World Health Organization (WHO), presents an annual opportunity to keep this important patient safety intervention firmly on the international and national agenda beyond a global pandemic. This year we are prompted not to forget the critical times for hand hygiene, and particularly the valuable role that healthcare workers and all those who support them play, in achieving effective hand hygiene action at the point of care. Campaigns play many roles, not least an important one in sustainability,[1] periodically boosting interest and focus on an issue of concern, in this case hand hygiene in healthcare. They prompt their stakeholders to remember important things that can get overlooked in the day to day noise. This year’s theme builds on the 2020 COVID-19 driven call for universal hand hygiene.[2] However, while COVID-19 placed a spotlight on hand hygiene like never before, other infectious diseases are still out there (including those resistant to antibiotics). As a public health problem, one of the last published global reports highlighted that healthcare-associated infections constituted the most frequent adverse event in healthcare.[3] These infections continue to cause harm and death in hospitals and other care settings across the world, destroying too many lives. Hand hygiene at the right moment[4] is therefore a powerful intervention to stop their spread and historically was referred to as the single most important measure in infection prevention and control. But I do like the emerging mantra of Do It All. Hand hygiene is in fact often one of many interventions that when undertaken reliably and at the right time keep people safe. We should perhaps gravitate more towards this way of framing and embedding hand hygiene (and other activities and interventions). COVID-19 is a great example of the need for integrated and synergistic action. Measures that protect people from harm and keep them safe should not be pitched in competition with each other, and those involved must collaborate for greatest impact. In a previous blog post[5] I recalled an excellent piece in the New Yorker by Michael Specter written on the back of the Ebola outbreak of 2014/15.[6] In it he reflected on our response to pandemics: “First, there is the panic. Then, as the pandemic ebbs, we forget. We can’t afford to do either.” We should not forget anything about this pandemic. Hand hygiene in healthcare is one small but important part of keeping people safe. As WHO state, yes we should “do it all”, and yes, hand hygiene at the point of care is important and should be a constant feature of safe, high quality healthcare. We shouldn’t forget that. This and every World Hand Hygiene day helps to make sure that we don’t. References Mathai E, Allegranzi B, Kilpatrick C et al. Promoting hand hygiene in healthcare through national/subnational campaigns. J Hosp Infect 2011:77(4):294-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jhin.2010.10.012. WHO. Recommendations to Member States to improve hand hygiene practices to help prevent the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Interim guidance. 1 April 2020. WHO. Report on the Burden of Endemic Health Care-Associated Infection Worldwide. Clean Care is Safer Care. 2011. WHO. Your 5 moments for hand hygiene. 2009. Kilpatrick C, Storr J. The 13,268. SafeSaferSafest. 8 November 2014. Specter M. The fear equation. The New Yorker. 12 October 2014.
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