SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands – ECDC supports World Hand Hygiene Day 2020
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. The campaign mobilises people around the world to increase adherence to hand hygiene in all healthcare settings, thus protecting healthcare workers and patients from COVID-19 and healthcare-associated infections by other pathogens.
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.
Antimicrobial use in European acute care hospitals: results from the second point prevalence survey of healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial use, 2016-2017
Antimicrobials are commonly used in acute care hospitals for the treatment of both community-acquired and healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), and for surgical prophylaxis. Studies have indicated that some antimicrobial use may be unnecessary and in instances when use is required, the selection, dose, route of administration and duration of treatment may be inappropriate. Through selection pressure, antimicrobials contribute to the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
Antimicrobial use in European long-term care facilities: results from the third point prevalence survey of healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial use, 2016-2017
This study investigates the prevalence and characteristics of antimicrobial use and antimicrobial stewardship indicators in European long-term care facilities (LTCFs) reported in the third European PPS of HAIs and antimicrobial use in LTCFs (HALT-3) in 2016–17.
Prevalence of healthcare-associated infections, estimated incidence, and composite antimicrobial resistance index in acute care hospitals and long-term care facilities: results from two European point prevalence surveys, 2016-2017
In the period from 2016 to 2017, ECDC organised two point prevalence surveys (PPS) of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) and antimicrobial use: the second PPS in acute care hospitals (ACH) and the third PPS in long-term care facilities (LTCF) in the EU/EEA. The objective of the current study was to report on the HAI and antimicrobial resistance results of both surveys and to estimate the combined total number of HAI on any given day and the number of HAI per year in 2016 and 2017 in the EU/EEA.
Antimicrobial resistance. Tackling the burden in the European Union. OECD and ECDC, 2019
The OECD, in collaboration with ECDC, has produced a briefing note on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the European Union and the European Economic Area. It presents key estimates of the health and economic impact of AMR and effective strategies to address this major public health threat.
Directory of online resources for the prevention and control of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and healthcare-associated infections (HAI)
The directory lists strategies, action plans, guidance documents, training courses and research projects on the prevention and control of antimicrobial resistance and healthcare-associated infections available online. These documents were published by ECDC, EU/EEA and other countries, international and national agencies, professional societies to support healthcare professionals, hospital administrators and public health professionals.
WHO Campaign: SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands
WHO calls on everyone to be inspired by the global movement to achieve universal health coverage (UHC). Infection Prevention and Control, including hand hygiene, is critical to achieve UHC as it is a practical and evidence-based approach with demonstrated impact on quality of care and patient safety across all levels of the health system.