Hand hygiene campaign slashes hospital infection rates

Hand hygiene campaign slashes hospital infection rates

Extract from OnMedica – ‎50 minutes ago‎

A national hand hygiene campaign designed to reduce healthcare associated infections in hospitals across England and Wales has been highly successful, concludes a study published online today by the BMJ.

The CleanYourHands campaign has played an important role in almost halving rates of MRSA and C difficile infections between 2005 and 2009 and was the first such campaign in the world to be rolled out nationally.

The government campaign was rolled out from January 2005 to all acute NHS trusts in England and Wales following concern over high levels of infections and low levels of hand hygiene in hospitals.

Trust giving voice to campaign

East Cheshire NHS Trust’s Adult Speech and Language Therapy Department is preparing for the launch of the national ‘Giving Voice’ campaign instigated by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists’ (RCSLT) to raise awareness of the vital role Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) plays in the lives of people with communication and swallowing needs.

The Giving Voice campaign is designed to ‘give voice’ to people with speech, language and communication needs – to ensure their needs, and those of their carers and families, are met. The aim of the campaign is to demonstrate how speech and language therapy makes a difference to individuals and the broader society across the UK.

East Cheshire NHS Trust’s Adult Speech and Language Therapy Team are launching the national Giving Voice campaign on 18 October 2011 with a display in the hospital main reception to raise awareness of speech and language therapy and their role in the local community

Read more on the trust news page http://www.eastcheshire.nhs.uk/News-Events/Local-News/Local-News.html