Welcome to the cleanyourhands campaign
Healthcare-associated infections are of concern to all of us whether
we are patients, visitors or healthcare workers: it is in everyone’s interest to ensure that healthcare
is as safe as possible. Hand hygiene is a crucial part of our efforts to prevent and control healthcare-associated
Staff in our Trusts have already carried out extensive work in highlighting
the importance of hand hygiene and that it is a responsibility which is shared by everyone for reducing
the spread of infection. Already this work has brought about clear improvements in hand hygiene, but
there is always more that can be done.
As part of our continuing efforts to ensure that hand hygiene has a
high profile, both for healthcare staff and the public, the Department and the Health and Social Care
family of organisations are adopting the cleanyourhands campaign.
Hands are one of the main ways that infections can be spread, and this
is why the Department of Health Social Services and Public Safety has for the first time linked in to
the National Patient Safety Agency’s cleanyourhands campaign. Although this
is our first year, the campaign is now entering its third year in NHS hospitals in England and Wales.
The Department is proud to have signed up to the World Health Organisation
(WHO) Global Patient Safety Challenge: Clean Care is Safer Care, and introducing this regional hand
hygiene approach is an extension of that commitment.
This initiative is to bring to the attention of staff, patients and
the public the importance of hand hygiene in the prevention and control of HCAIs.
We know that Trusts are already aware of and using the WHO guidelines
on hand hygiene in health care: Clean Hands are Safer Hands (www.who.int/patientsafety
hands campaign will reinforce this message.
Launch of cleanyourhands campaign Wednesday
25th June 2008
of campaign materials.