WHO first Global Patient Safety Challenge: current achievements

Abstract number: 1733_266

Allegranzi B., Leotsakos A., Storr J., Dziekan G., Donaldson L., Pittet D.

Objective: The WHO World Alliance for Patient Safety identified healthcare-associated infection (HAI) as the topic of the first Global Patient Safety Challenge (GPSC). The GPSC aims at reducing HAI worldwide by strengthening integrated actions in the areas of blood safety, injection safety, clinical procedure safety, and water, sanitation and waste management safety, with the promotion of hand hygiene (HH) in healthcare as the cornerstone.

Methods: The GPSC team, supported by a core group of renowned international experts and WHO collaborating partners, identified the following key success factors: 1) raise global awareness about the importance of HAI as a priority patient safety issue; 2) catalyze country commitment to actually face this problem; 3) prepare evidence-based guidelines for HH improvement in healthcare; 4) design and pilot test a strategy to translate into practice the GPSC, in particular the newly produced guidelines.

Results: Over the past 12 months, a formal statement has been signed by 35 Ministries of Health as a pledge of their support to implement actions to reduce HAI. Twenty additional countries have planned to sign the pledge by 2007, leading to 75% coverage of the world population. Following the pledge, 13 countries have recently documented their actual progress, including establishment of new policies, resources, national campaigns and guidelines, training programmes and surveillance systems. A dedicated web page has been constructed as well as a database of more than 2,000 contacts in the field of patient safety and infection control acting as stakeholders worldwide. A multimodal strategy is proposed by WHO to improve HH in healthcare settings together with other infection control interventions. The implementation is supported by a range of practical tools of different types to address different targets: operational, advocacy and information, monitoring, HH product procurement, education, impact evaluation. A test phase is currently ongoing in several sites.

Conclusions: In only one year of work, the GPSC has attained several achievements related to pre-established key success factors. The aim of the ongoing testing of the GPSC implementation strategy is to obtain feedback about feasibility, acceptability and sustainability in healthcare settings worldwide. The combined efforts expected under the GPSC have the potential to save millions of lives and engender major cost savings by improvement of basic procedures such as HH.

Session Details

Date: 31/03/2007
Time: 00:00-00:00
Session name: European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Location: ICC, Munich, Germany
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