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November's ebulletin

Say cheese! We want your pictures!

The team is working on producing a small publication which reviews the cleanyourhands campaign and the story so far. What better way of illustrating the success of the campaign than with images from those that actually implement it. This could include pictures of the materials in situ or artwork of any materials that you have adapted for your local setting. 


The images need to be of good quality, preferably of hi-resolution (300dpi). We can not guarantee that the images will make the final publication but please contact us if you are interested in contributing. Please send any pictures through by Tuesday, 24 November.


New national hand hygiene policy for Wales

The National Public Health Service for Wales has recently launched a new national hand hygiene policy as part of their Standard Infection Control Precaution Policies/Procedures. The policy provides guidance on why, when and how to clean your hands to prevent healthcare associated infection as well as setting out management and healthcare staff’s responsibilities for ensuring hand hygiene best practice. The policy can be downloaded on the National Public Health Service for Wales website.


WHO resources

The World Health Organization has created a tools and resources web page to supplement the Save Lives: Clean Your Hands initiative. This includes a suite of tools to support healthcare facilities to prepare effective action plans to improve hand hygiene. There is also the opportunity to share knowledge and practice, submit case studies or even post a video on the WHO YouTube channel!


Max goes to school

The Health Protection Agency has developed a teaching resource called “Hands up for Max” which will be sent out to all primary schools across England this month. This free resource aims to teach children about the importance of washing their hands correctly and how to do this.


Discussions with teachers, pupils and school nurses have ensured the resource pack is easy to use, self-contained and links in with the school curriculum areas, mainly for Key Stage One. It uses a variety of short lesson plans, animation, art competition, homework, games, facts, posters, animation and badges. This variety allows schools to choose which resources best fit their curriculum. The resource pack has been piloted and evaluated in nearly 1000 schools across three areas. Feedback showed schools were impressed with the campaign and valued the consistent “off the shelf” approach across schools.


Some resources are available on www.hpa.org.uk/handwashing 

For further information please contact handwashing@hpa.org.uk


Being open webinars: 19 November 2009

Marking the launch of the new Being open framework on the 19 November 2009 the National Reporting and Learning Service (NRLS) present an exciting programme of short webinars on saying sorry from carefully selected expert speakers.


The first in the series may be of particular interest. Martin Fletcher, Chief Executive, National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA), is joined by Professor Albert Wu to introduce the new Being open and talk through the background to the framework and resources supporting implementation.


Webinar 1 - 10am to 11am: The new Being open: what it means for clinicians, PALS and other healthcare professionals.

To register for the webinars and for more information simply visit www.nrls.npsa.nhs.uk/events and select your preferred webinars.  The closing date for registration is Monday 15 November 2009 and you can register for as many webinars as you like. 


Joint Commission addresses failures in hand hygiene

It is estimated that two million patients a year in the USAare affected by a healthcare associated infection and that 90,000 patients die from their infection. The recently formed Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare is undertaking its first healthcare safety and quality improvement project, which addresses failures in hand hygiene.


Hand hygiene solutions and tools were developed by eight leading healthcare organisations in the USA to measure hand hygiene compliance across several pilot sites and to identify the reason for these failures.


It is hoped that the project results will be available in January 2010 but a story board has been produced about the hand hygiene project and its observations so far. This can be viewed on the Joint Commission’s website.