QUALITY IS A JOURNEY NOT A DESTINATION          PATIENT SAFETY WILL IMPROVE BY CONTROLLING EVERY MOVE         QUALITY IS NOT AN ACT, IT IS A HABIT - ARISTOTLE

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Global Hand Hygiene campaign : “ SAVE LIVES: CLEAN YOUR HANDS"

On the occasion of 5 May 2019, WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean is calling on all countries in the Region to work and act on improving and sustaining best hand hygiene practices during health-care delivery.

This year, the focus for the global hand hygiene campaign sheds light on the influence of hand hygiene practices on achieving UHC, flagging the theme: “clean care for all – it's in your hands”. The campaign calls for joint action by a range of professionals, as well as patient advocacy groups, all of whom can play an important role in promoting hand hygiene. At every level of the health system, infection prevention and control measures, including appropriate hand hygiene, should be a marker of quality care as a core element of the UHC promise.

The campaign aims to emphasize on hand hygiene as a gate for reducing health care-associated infections and patient safety. It also aims to demonstrate enhanced global commitment to this priority area of health care. Strengthening of health-care systems and delivery is complex, and in recent times, fundamental weaknesses in infection prevention and control have again surfaced in many countries of the world, in relation to both knowledge and/or practice. 

Public and private health-care facilities can join this global movement by registering here

A number of useful documents and tools that support health care facilities for the assessment of hand hygiene practices as well as for the implementation of concrete and evidence-based actions can be found here

- LSQSH is a " World Partner" of the American Society for Quality ( ASQ).

- IHI OPEN SCHOOL
For the first time in Lebanon, in collaboration with the "Institute of Health Improvement", our society will be launching the IHI Open School on line training course on healthcare performance improvement and safety. 26 Modules during one year where participants will learn about the science of improvement and safety. An interactive quarterly sessions will be held by our faculty to answer questions and monitor the progress of the projects in place.

- IHI Fellowship Program 
​​​​The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) presents a new Fellowship program to select health care professionals worldwide... click here for more

TIPS TO CELEBRATE PATIENT SAFETY AT YOUR ORGANIZATION

1. Post reminders throughout your facility about the importance of safe care. - Update your computer screen savers with the Patient initiative.
- Recognize your patient safety champions by giving them Patient Safety Champion stickers.
- Create your special item for patient safety at your organization to be collaboratively used: T-Shirts, Hats, bracelets, pins…etc...

2. Host an event or several events to recognize patient safety efforts at your organization. - Poster presentations of your organization’s successful safety efforts.
- Recognize staff and committees that work every day to provide safe care.
- Host events in the cafeteria with snacks or dessert or something special to celebrate safety at your organization.
- Hold safety-focused training during Patient Safety Awareness Week.
- Contact a local TV or Radio to host a spokesperson to share patient safety activities and highlights.
- Conduct “Safety Culture Survey”. 

3. Encourage Patients and Families
to Be Safe by:

- Posting promotional materials in your facility, such as the posters downloadable for www.lsqsh.org
- Offering a suggestion box for patients and families.

4. Improve patient safety in these areas:
- Adverse Drug Events
- Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI)
- Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infections (CLABSI)
- Injuries from Fall and Immobility
- Obstetrical Adverse Events
- Pressure Ulcers
- Preventable Readmissions
- Surgical Site Infections
- Venous Thromboembolism
- Ventilator Associated Event/Ventilator Associated Pneumonia