To support the annual World Health Organization (WHO) “SAVE LIVES: Clean your Hands” campaign, ECDC is launching two new pages of its directory of online resources on infection prevention and control:
The ECDC directory lists guidance documents, which are available online, on the prevention and control of antimicrobial resistance and healthcare-associated infections published by ECDC, EU/EEA Member States, international and national agencies and professional societies.
Each year on 5 May, the “SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands” campaign takes place as part of a major global effort led by WHO to support healthcare workers in their efforts to improve hand hygiene in healthcare settings. It was launched in 2009 as an extension of the WHO First Global Patient Safety Challenge: “Clean Care is Safer Care”, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2015. The focus of this year’s campaign is on strengthening healthcare systems and delivery, starting with hand hygiene.
Hand hygiene in healthcare has saved millions of lives worldwide in the last years and remains the single most effective way to prevent the spread of microorganisms and to prevent healthcare-associated infections.
To mark the day, ECDC is also releasing an animation highlighting seven things that we do not want to share, including diseases.