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01.12.2018 | Editorial | Ausgabe 1/2018 Open Access

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Promoting and sustaining a historical and global effort to prevent sepsis: the 2018 World Health Organization SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign

Critical Care > Ausgabe 1/2018
Romain Martischang, Daniela Pires, Sarah Masson-Roy, Hiroki Saito, Didier Pittet


Sepsis is estimated to affect more than 30 million patients with potentially five million deaths every year worldwide. Prevention of sepsis, as well as early recognition, diagnosis and treatment, can’t be overlooked to mitigate this global public health threat. World Health Organization (WHO) promotes hand hygiene in health care through its annual global campaign, SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign on 5 May every year. The 2018 campaign targets sepsis with the overall theme “It’s in your hands; prevent sepsis in health care”.
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