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TOPIC: Hand Hygiene Compliance

Hand Hygiene Summit 1 week, 4 days ago #16

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. With this in mind, what questions would you like to ask to our expert panel?



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.
Last Edit: 5 days, 13 hours ago by Scott Buckler.

Re: Hand Hygiene Compliance 2 days, 17 hours ago #17

I am looking forward to hearing Julie Storr et al (The Alliance)at the Conference in October as I am sure the work already done by NPSA and pioneers like Julie will not be forgotten.

Re: Hand Hygiene Summit 2 days, 17 hours ago #18

1) Whilst continuing to target and maintain staff hand hygiene compliance are there any national initiatives to help patients understand their role in promoting good hand hygiene standards – including being willing (where able) to provide adequate hand hygiene facilities for staff caring for them in their homes e.g liquid soap and kitchen roll for DN’s to use?
2) With so much pressure, and possible financial penalties, on organisations to demonstrate excellent hand hygiene results is there a risk that some organizations may ‘massage’ their figures and thus those who provide accurate but not perfect scores will be penalized for their honesty?

Re: Hand Hygiene Summit 1 day, 17 hours ago #19

Although we say that the rates of MRSA is on the reduce, why is it that many patients are diagnosed with MRSA following any surgical interventions in hospitals? Is it poor hand hygiene, poor decontamination in surgery or is it poor hand hygiene on the post operative wards? I must say that I have received patients that went in for day surgery and returned the same day with MRSA in the site of surgery.
Last Edit: 1 day, 17 hours ago by Matthew Abbott.

Re: Hand Hygiene Summit 1 day, 14 hours ago #20

I am greatly looking forward to the debate on this day which I believe will raise some very important issues and should also inspire and enthuse the delegates in attendance.
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