This year marks the 10th anniversary of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) First Global Patient Safety Challenge: Clean Care is Safer Care, aimed at reducing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) worldwide. The SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands annual global campaign, a natural extension of the Clean Care is Safer Care program, highlights the importance of all healthcare workers cleaning their hands at the right time and in the right way. This year’s campaign theme is Strengthening healthcare systems and delivery – hand hygiene is your entrance door, which aims to galvanize action at the point of care to demonstrate that hand hygiene is the entrance door for reducing HAIs and patient safety.
A global supplier of hand hygiene and infection prevention solutions for healthcare, DebMed is committed to sharing the WHO’s mission and supports its recommended best practices for hospitals, health systems and physician practices throughout the U.S. and Canada and around the world. While professionals from close to 16,000 hospitals in 168 countries have viewed the WHO’s hand washing video, DebMed sees still greater opportunity for collaborative change.
Since its inception in 2012, DebMed has participated in WHO’s Private Organizations for Patient Safety (POPS), a collaborative initiative of private sector advocates aimed at reducing HAIs via hand hygiene compliance. POPS' strategic goal is to increase hand hygiene education and awareness and improve access to hand hygiene resources, especially in developing countries.
While this year marks the 10th year of the WHO Clean Care is Safer Care patient safety challenge and though organizations like POPS are working to reduce HAIs, the problem remains severe. For every 100 hospitalized patients at any given time, seven in developed countries and 10 in developing countries contracted at least one HAI, according to the WHO. Unfortunately, the WHO estimates hand hygiene compliance among healthcare professionals is less than 40 percent.
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