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Contact:  Patty Charvat, 978.273.7764

Maryland Hand Hygiene Collaborative Receives National Attention

Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Maryland Hospital Hand Hygiene Collaborative is included as a prominent resource on the new Promotional Resources section of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings website.  Unveiled today to coincide with International Hand Hygiene Day, designated by the World Health Organization (WHO), there is a direct link to the Maryland Collaborative site. Our state’s Collaborative was also recognized and discussed at a webinar presentation yesterday, Frontiers in Implementation and Measurement of Hand Hygiene Practices, conducted by the CDC’s Emergency Management and Response Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity group.

Last night, the Maryland Patient Safety Center (MPSC) and the Maryland Hospital Association (MHA) issued a joint press release, which is attached, calling attention to our involvement in the WHO International Hand Hygiene Campaign.

Congratulations to all Maryland hospitals and to the coalition that made this initiative possible, including MPSC, MHA, the Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Maryland Health Care Commission, and the John Hopkins Center for Innovation in Quality Care!

About the Maryland Patient Safety Center
The Maryland Patient Safety Center, jointly supported by the Maryland Hospital Association and the Delmarva Foundation, brings together hospitals and healthcare providers to improve patient safety and health care quality for all Marylanders.  The goal of the Patient Safety Center is to make Maryland's health care the safest in the nation by focusing on the systems of care, reducing the occurrence of adverse events, and improving the culture of patient safety at Maryland health care facilities.  For further information, visit www.marylandpatientsafetycenter.org.