Recently, the World Health Organization's (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Patient Safety Solutions unveiled a 9-item checklist to help prevent infections and other health care errors. The checklist is part of an ongoing effort by groups such as WHO and AHRQ that are working to improve the quality of health care in the United States and around the world. Last year, the United States joined 21 other countries in signing WHO’s pledge to commit to a campaign called "Clean Care is Safer Care" that promotes handwashing and other methods of reducing infections.
Doctor Carolyn Clancy, director of AHRQ, signed the WHO pledge on behalf of the United States and sat down for a chat with Nicole Lacroix to talk more about the pledge and about the importance of handwashing.
This audio program features current news and information from the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).