Wiley-Blackwell announces that it will publish "Hand Hygiene: A Handbook for Medical Professionals," in December. The editors are Didier Pittet, MD, MS, CBE; John M. Boyce, MD, and Benedetta Allegranzi, MD. It is described as the first comprehensive, authoritative review of one of the most fundamental and important issues in infection control and patient safety, hand hygiene. Developed and presented by the world's leading scholar-clinicians, "Hand Hygiene" is an essential resource for all medical professionals.
This text was developed and presented by the world leaders in this fundamental topic and it fully integrates World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines and policies. It offers a global perspective in tackling hand hygiene issues in developed and developing countries as well as coverage of basic and highly complex clinical applications of hand hygiene practices. The book includes novel and unusual aspects and issues in hand hygiene such as religious and cultural aspects and patient participation, as well as offers guidance at the individual, institutional, and organizational levels for national and worldwide hygiene promotion campaigns.
Pittet is the hospital epidemiologist and director of the infection control program and WHO Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety at the University of Geneva Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland; professor of medicine and hospital epidemiology at the University of Geneva. Pittet is lead of the World Health Organization First Global Patient Safety Challenge "Clean Care is Safe Care." He is the recipient of several national and international honors including a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) awarded by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for services to the prevention of healthcare-associated infection in the UK (2007). Pittet is co-author of more than 400 publications in peer-reviewed journals and 50 chapters in textbooks. The experience of his team in engaging nations and healthcare policy makers worldwide in a universal commitment to patient safety is unique.
Boyce is chief of the Section of Infectious Diseases and Hospital Epidemiologist at the Hospital of Saint Raphael in New Haven, Conn., and is clinical professor of medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine. He is past-president of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). He was the lead co-author on the 2002 CDC Hand Hygiene Guideline for Healthcare Settings. Since 2004, he has served as a temporary consultant to the World Health Organization, where he is a member of a core group who developed the WHO Guidelines for Hand Hygiene.
Allegranzi is a specialist in infectious diseases and tropical medicine with expertise in infection control and hospital epidemiology. She currently works at the World Health Organization and at the Infection Control Program at the University of Geneva Hospitals, Geneva, Switzerland. She is the deputy lead of the First Global Patient Safety Challenge "Clean Care is Safer Care" of the WHO World Alliance for Patient Safety, and is responsible for implementation of the First Global Patient Safety Challenge in Europe and Africa.