WHO “SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands” is an annual campaign that makes part of major global effort to support healthcare workers to improve hand hygiene practices in healthcare settings, and thus support the prevention of often life-threatening healthcare-associated infections.
As a way to contribute to this important initiative, ECDC today launches the third and last wave of data collection for the ECDC point prevalence survey of healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial use in European acute care hospitals. The protocol, forms, software and corresponding manual for this point prevalence survey are now also available on ECDC’s website.
Furthermore, a new surveillance module to provide EU Member States with tools and opportunities to benchmark compliance with good/recommended hand hygiene is being prepared by ECDC. The new surveillance module will be piloted in 2013. To promote hand hygiene and this future surveillance module, ECDC is also launching today a slogan contest directed to all under and postgraduate students in EU/EFTA countries. More information about the contest here.