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Cleanyourhands Campaign

Creator:

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS)

Subject Keywords: HEALTHCARE AND HEALTH SERVICES, HYGIENE, INFECTION CONTROL, PREVENTION
Topic: Chronic Conditions
Type: Campaign
Region: Northern Ireland
Description:

Healthcare-associated infections are of concern to all whether 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 the efforts to prevent and control healthcare-associated infections. As part of the 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 has 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. WHO guidelines on hand hygiene in health care: Clean Hands are Safer Hands (www.who.int/patientsafety).

Date:

01/01/2009

Rights: © Crown Copyright
Suggested citation:

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS). (2009) Cleanyourhands Campaign [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/4575 [Accessed: 20th November 2019].

  

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