PASADENA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Kaiser Permanente Southern California (KPSC) was honored by the World Health Organization (WHO) this week for having achieved 100 percent registration in the international “SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands” initiative that aims to reduce the spread of life-threatening infections by improving hand hygiene among healthcare workers. All KPSC facilities, which serve a total of 3.3 million members from Kern to San Diego, pledged their continuing support to these vital patient safety measures.
“Kaiser Permanente is committed to protecting the health of our patients, workforce, and communities, and this includes protecting them against infectious diseases,” said Jeffrey A. Weisz, MD, executive medical director of the Southern California Permanente Medical Group, whose physicians serve all KPSC members. “We adopted the 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene in 2006 and continue to work each day to reduce hospital acquired infections. The activities this week are a global call to action and another reminder of how important hand hygiene is for our patients and medical staff."
“Kaiser Permanente Southern California has taken this message into the hearts of our staff and the hallways of our hospitals because hand washing is fundamental to providing excellent medical care,” said Benjamin K. Chu, MD, MPH, MACP, president, Southern California region, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., Kaiser Foundation Hospitals. KPSC healthcare facilities include 13 hospitals and 189 medical offices.
In the international webinar originating in Geneva, with events in Santa Barbara and New York, Didier Pittet, MD, co-author of the current guidelines on hand hygiene for the WHO and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, commended KPSC for having fully implemented the hand hygiene campaign. “I am convinced that Kaiser Permanente Southern California can serve as an example for other states and organizations working to improve community health and patient safety," said Dr. Pittet. The “5 Moments for Hand Hygiene” approach continues to be adopted by Kaiser Permanente throughout the United States.
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