This year's Clean Hospitals Day is approaching - on October 20th the objective is to raise awareness of hygiene and infection control, and foster engagement among healthcare facilities around the world.
This year's event coincides with the launch of the Healthcare Environmental Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework (HEHSAF), a new tool to help healthcare facilities to identify areas for improvement in their environmental hygiene programmes, as well as benchmark improvement over time.
HEHSAF is currently available in six languages (Chinese, English, French, Portugese, Spanish and Turkish) and its launch marks the first time a global snapshot of healthcare environmental hygiene programmes is being attempted.
Published on the online platform REDCap, it is specifically geared to support online and offline data capture for research studies and operations.
With global implementation, the aim of the tool is to give institutions a roadmap for improving their environmental hygiene, support environmental services staff, increase the visibility of healthcare environmental hygiene on a global level, and save lives by reducing healthcare-associated infections.