News from NICE: Renewed vigilance of handwashing

infectionNHS must renew hygiene efforts to tackle ‘unacceptable and avoidable’ infection rates

Healthcare professionals should wash their hands before and after seeing every patient to help prevent the spread of infections such as MRSA and C difficile in the NHS. One in 16 people being treated on the NHS picks up an infection. As a result, more NHS resources are consumed and the affected patients are at increased risk.

See the latest NICE quality standard which contains six statements designed to reduce infection rates, including a statement recommending that patients should be looked after by healthcare workers who always clean their hands thoroughly, both immediately before and immediately after contact or care.


BMJ topics: 2 May

Measles and stroke show why healthcare must innovate   Trevor Jackson


Keeping hand hygiene high on the patient safety agenda   Sheldon Stone, Graziella Kontowski, Rose Gallagher, Julie Storr, and Louise Teare
Measles in the UK: a test of public health competency in a crisis    Felix Greaves and Liam Donaldson

Understanding patterns in maternity care in the NHS and getting it right
  Lucy C Chappell, Catherine Calderwood, Sara Kenyon, Elizabeth S Draper, and Marian Knight

Orlistat: should we worry about liver inflammation?
   John Wilding

Recognising and responding to victims of human trafficking
   Sharon Doherty and Rachel Morley

‘Clean your hands’ study

British Medical Journal (BMJ)

Evaluation of the national Cleanyourhands campaign to reduce Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia and Clostridium difficile infection in hospitals in England and Wales by improved hand hygiene

This study evaluates the impact of the ‘Clean your hands’ campaign on rates of hospital procurement of alcohol hand rub and soap; reports trends in selected healthcare associated infections; and investigates the association between infections and procurement.

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.