SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands – ECDC supports World Hand Hygiene Day 2019
Each year on 5 May, the “SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands” campaign takes place as part of a major global effort led by the World Health Organization (WHO) to improve hand hygiene in healthcare settings.
WHO launches global survey on infection prevention and control and hand hygiene
Ahead of their annual hand hygiene campaign on 5 May 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) have launched a global survey on the current level of progress of infection prevention and control (IPC) programmes and hand hygiene activities in healthcare facilities.
New Europe-wide survey of healthcare workers’ perceptions about antibiotic use and resistance
On 28 January, Public Health England (PHE) launched a new multilingual survey, funded by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), which aims to gain an understanding of European healthcare workers’ knowledge and perceptions about antibiotics and antibiotic resistance.
Antimicrobial use in European hospitals and long-term care facilities
1 in 3 patients received at least one antimicrobial on any given day. Some of this use may be unnecessary and contribute to the spread of antimicrobial resistance.
Antimicrobial use in: Long-term care facilities
3/4 of the prophylaxis courses in long-term care facilities were given to prevent urinary tract infections. This practice is associated with increased antimicrobial resistance.
Healthcare-associated infections – a threat to patient safety in Europe
A total of 8.9 million HAIs were estimated to occur each year in European hospitals and long-term care facilities
Antibiotic resistance – an increasing threat to human health
Each year, 33000 people die from an infection due to bacteria resistant to antibiotics. The burden is comparable to that of inﬂuenza, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS combined.
Micro-Combat: ISGlobal’s fun way of learning about antimicrobial resistance and how to fight infectious disease
A team from the Antimicrobial Resistance Initiative at ISGlobal has produced an entertaining and educational card game designed to raise awareness among young people about how infections are transmitted and how they can be prevented.