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Cleanyourhands campaign - no longer an active campaign

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Abstract: 
Low compliance with hand hygiene was identified by the NPSA in 2002 as a recognized safety concern for patients. The Cleanyourhands campaign aims to minimise the risk to patient safety of low compliance with hand hygiene by healthcare staff through a national strategy of improvement. The campaign involves: - · Near patient disinfectant handrub for staff to use where they have patient contact · Poster displays and promotional materials to influence staff and patients · Patient involvement in improving hand hygiene by empowering them to ask staff if they have ‘washed their hands’ A core component of the campaign is the requirement for all Trust’s to implement near patient disinfectant handrub following an NPSA patient Safety Alert. Organisations who are undertaking to implement the campaign receive a toolkit including posters/video and supporting material.
Authors: 
NHS National Patients Safety Agency (NPSA)
Category: 
Control
Prevention
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Summary:
Low compliance with hand hygiene was identified by the NPSA in 2002 as a recognized safety concern for patients. The Cleanyourhands campaign aims to minimise the risk to patient safety of low compliance with hand hygiene by healthcare staff through a national strategy of improvement.The campaign involves: -· Near patient disinfectant handrub for staff to use where they have patient contact· Poster displays and promotional materials to influence staff and patients· Patient involvement in improving hand hygiene by empowering them to ask staff if they have ‘washed their hands’A core component of the campaign is the requirement for all Trust’s to implement near patient disinfectant handrub following an NPSA patient Safety Alert.Organisations who are undertaking to implement the campaign receive a toolkit including posters/video and supporting material.
Questions Addressed:
The campaign is a useful toolkit for Trusts to improve compliance with hand hygiene amongst healthcare staff and so minimise the risk to patient safety and aid in the prevention of cross infection It does not attempt to determine the impact of hand hygiene alone on infection rates as this is a complex area but is part of an improvement strategy nationally to reduce healthcare associated infection acute hospital settings.
Type of Study:
review of available evidence/past initiatives
Methods Valid:
Yes
Methods Valid Detail:

The campaign is based on a review of past initiatives, case studies and available evidence nationally and internationally

Results Reliability:
Evaluation of the campaign will demonstrate whether its aims have been achieved. A range of expert organisations have been involved in the campaign including the Hospital infection Society, Infection Control Nurses Association, Department of health, NHS Estates, NHS Purchasing and Supplies Agency (PASA), the National Audit Office and other stakeholders previously involved in improvement work around hand hygiene.
Problems or Biases:

Transferability to primary care settings has not yet been achieved although there is commitment to address this. There is little evidence available to demonstrate whether hand hygiene compliance is a problem in community settings. No national campaigns targeting infection control in the community.

Relevant Studies:

1. The epic project: developing national evidence-based guidelines for preventing healthcare associated infections. Phase 1: guidelines for preventing hospital acquired infections. Journal of Hospital infection (2001) 47 (Supplement): S1-S822. Infection Control: prevention of healthcare-associated infection in Primary and Community Care. Pellow CM, Pratt RJ, Harper P, Loveday HP, Robinson N, Jones S, MacRae ED, and the Guideline Development Group. (2003). Journal of Hospital Infection 55(Supplement 2): 1-1273. The epic project. Updating the evidence-base for national evidence-based guidelines for preventing healthcare-associated infections in the NHS hospitals in England: a report with recommendations. Pellow CM, Pratt RJ, Loveday HP, Robinson N, Jones SRLJ> British Journal of Infection Control, December 2004, Vol 5 No 6 4. Pittet D, Hugonnet S, Harbeth S, Mourouga P, Sauvan V et al (2000) Effectiveness of a hospital-wide Programme to improve Compliance With Hand Hygiene. The Lancet; 356: 1307-13125. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Guideline for Hand Hygiene in health-care Settings: Recommendations of the healthcare infection Control practices Advisory Committee and the HICPAC/SHEA/APIC/IDSA Hand hygiene task force.

Keywords:
hand hygiene healthcare associated infection alcohol based handrub hand washing compliance
Reviewer Name:
Sue Wiseman
Reviewer Post:
Nurse Consultant –Infection Control, DH
Reviewer Affiliations:
Member Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens Health Protection Adviser Royal College of Nursing P/T Member Infection Control Nurses Association