‘Seconds save lives – clean your hands’: the 5 May 2021 World Health Organization’s SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign

  • Benedetta Allegranzi Infection Prevention and Control Technical and Clinical Hub, Department of Integrated Health Services, World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, Switzerland
  • Ermira Tartari Infection Prevention and Control Technical and Clinical Hub, Department of Integrated Health Services, World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, Switzerland; Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Malta, Malta; and Infection Control Programme, University of Geneva Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Didier Pittet Infection Control Programme, University of Geneva Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland
Keywords: hand hygiene, point of care, infection prevention and control, World Health Organization, healthcare-associated infection, public health, global health, policy-making, alcohol-based handrub, hand sanitizer

References

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WHO. Global progress report on WASH in health care facilities: fundamentals first. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2020. Available from: https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/9789240017542 [cited 9 February 2021].

Lambe KA, Lydon S, Madden C, Vellinga A, Hehir A, Walsh M, et al. Hand hygiene compliance in the ICU: a systematic review. Critical Care Med 2019; 47: 1251–7. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000003868

WHO. Aide memoire: infection prevention and control (IPC) principles and procedures for COVID-19 vaccination activities. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2021. Available from: https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/who-2019-ncov-vaccination-IPC-2021-1 [cited 9 February 2021].

WHO. Guide to local production: WHO-recommended handrub formulations. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2010. Available from: https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/WHO-IER-PSP-2010.5 [cited 9 February 2021].

Published
2021-04-27
How to Cite
Allegranzi, B., Tartari, E., & Pittet, D. (2021). ‘Seconds save lives – clean your hands’: the 5 May 2021 World Health Organization’s SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign. International Journal of Infection Control, 17(1). https://doi.org/10.3396/ijic.v17.21418
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