Independent research has demonstrated success of the CleanYourHands campaign (1). Following closure of this campaign, the Hand Hygiene Alliance was formed with a shared concern around the sustainability of hand hygiene improvement, including continuing reduction in MRSA and other healthcare associated infections.
The Alliance comprises former members of the NPSA Expert Reference Group, patient lobby groups, specialist healthcare professionals and research workers from both hospital and community and behavioural scientists. Suppliers and developers of hand hygiene products are also amongst its numbers. Some of these individuals were members of the pioneering multidisciplinary group, the Hand Hygiene Liaison Group, which first made hand hygiene a national clinical governance issue in 1999, recommending widespread use of Alcohol Handrub at the bedside.
The Alliance is organizing a Hand Hygiene Summit to be held as part of the GovToday meeting in London on 24th October, 2012. What we aim to do at the summit is to Identify the most constructive way forward to sustain what has been achieved, highlighting emerging issues impacting on hand hygiene.
Part of the summit will include a ‘Dimbleby’ style debate between key figures in the landscape chaired by Consultant Surgeon, David Leaper.
The debate will examine vital questions, important for going forward. We hope that some of the comments on this discussion site will help to inform what the debate questions should be.
1. An evaluation of the national Cleanyourhands campaign, an initiative to reduce Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia and Clostridium difficile infection in hospitals in England & Wales through improved hand-hygiene: a four year prospective ecological interrupted time-series study
Sheldon Paul Stone, Christopher Fuller, Joan Savage, Barry Cookson,Andrew Hayward, Ben Cooper, Georgia Duckworth, Susan Michie, Miranda Murray, Annette Jeanes, J Roberts, Louise Teare, Andre Charlett British Medical Journal: 26 May2012; 344, 17 -19.