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Global guidelines on the prevention of surgical site infection. 2nd edition

World Health Organization WHO, (2018)

These WHO guidelines which were updated in 2018, are valid for any country and suitable to local adaptations, and take account of the strength of available scientific evidence, the cost and resource implications, and patient values and preferences. The 2018 edition of the guidelines includes the revision of the recommendation regarding the use of 80% fraction of inspired oxygen (high FiO2) in surgical patients under general anaesthesia with tracheal intubation and the update of the section on implementation. Between 2017 and 2018, WHO re-assessed the evidence on the use of high FiO2 by updating the systematic review related to the effectiveness of this intervention to reduce SSI and commissioning an independent systematic review on adverse events potentially associated with it. Based on the updated evidence, the GDG decided to revise the strength of the recommendation from strong to conditional.

Safe management of wastes from health-care activities: A summary

World Health Organization (WHO), (2017)

This document highlights the key aspects of safe health-care waste management in order to guide policy-makers, practitioners and facility managers to improve such services in health-care facilities. It is based on the comprehensive WHO handbook Safe management of wastes from health-care activities (WHO, 2014), and also takes into consideration relevant World Health Assembly resolutions, other UN documents and emerging global and national developments on water, sanitation and hygiene and infection prevention and control.

Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Facilities

Global Handwashing Partnership, (2017)

Fact sheet
Good hygiene is critical to ensure that healthcare staff provide quality care, reduce the spread of infections, and protect the health of communities. This fact sheet explores the healthcare-related risks of poor hygiene and the critical elements of hand hygiene needed to improve quality of care and reduce negative outcomes of poor compliance (e.g., healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial resistance) in healthcare facilities, and provides recommendations and additional readings for improving hygiene in health settings and achieving a safe, clean healthcare environment.

Water and Sanitation for Health Facility Improvement Tool (WASH FIT). Update

World Health Organization WHO, (2018)

A practical guide for improving quality of care through water, sanitation and hygiene in health care facilities . WASH FIT is a risk-based, continuous improvement framework with a set of tools for undertaking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) improvements as part of wider quality improvements in health care facilities. It is aimed at small primary, and in some instances secondary, health care facilities in low and middle income countries. An app, for front line data collection is also available in the Android Google Play store or as a web app

WASH FIT Digital

World Health Organization WHO, (2018)

WASH FIT Digital is a free, open-access digital tool, based on the WASH FIT guide developed by WHO and UNICEF. WASH FIT is designed to help health care facilities improve quality of care through improved water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). Built on the mWater digital monitoring platform, WASH FIT Digital includes a set of forms for implementing a risk-based management approach developed by WHO and UNICEF. The site also includes a dashboard to visualize the process and keep track of progress

Australian Guidelines for the Prevention of Infection in Health Care 2010

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC), (2010)

An Update will be published in late 2018

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