CleanYourHands campaign 'a huge success'

4 May 2012

An initiative that has aimed to reduce healthcare associated infections in hospitals across England and Wales has been deemed a success.

The government established the CleanYourHands campaign to all acute NHS trusts in the two nations in January 2005 in an attempt to make the buildings more hygienic.

According to a study on the campaign which has been published by the BMJ, the project has helped to almost half the rates of MRSA and C difficile infections between the year it was introduced and 2009.

The research, carried out by Royal Free Campus, University College London Medical School and the Health Protection Agency, also found that the amount of soap and alcohol hand rub purchased by hospitals has tripled over this period.

A spokesperson of the Department of Health commented: "The CleanYourHands campaign was successful in its aim to highlight the importance of good hand hygiene practice across the NHS … We want to make sure the NHS continues the good practice highlighted in the campaign."

People entering a hospital are encouraged to wash their hands with a sanitizing gel every time they visit a restroom, while patients should not be afraid to ask a doctor or nurse if they have done the same.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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