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About the cleanyourhands campaign

 

The cleanyourhands campaign aims to improve the hand hygiene of healthcare staff at the point of care. It was developed by the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) to help the NHS in England and Wales to reduce healthcare associated infection (HCAI).

 

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The campaign was launched with the publication of the NPSA Patient Safety Alert in September 2004, which instructed acute NHS trusts to provide alcohol handrub at the point of care and invited them to participate in the cleanyourhands campaign. Since then the campaign has been extended to NHS primary care, ambulance, mental health and care trusts and the NPSA Patient Safety Alert has been updated and reissued (September 2008) to all trusts.

 

 

In 2010 cleanyourhands will move away from a central campaign model and move towards a program approach which will encourage local ownership of hand hygiene improvement and sustainability. cleanyourhands will work with the NHS to ensure current best practice and that the Five Moments for hand hygiene are implemented and understood at local level.

 

 

cleanyourhands approach

cleanyourhands has been designed to facilitate a multimodal strategy to educate, prompt and enable healthcare staff to perform hand hygiene at the right moments, every time during the care of patients/service users including:

 

  • promoting hand hygiene at the point of care and the Five Moments for hand hygiene

  • posters and other materials to raise awareness and prompt hand hygiene by staff

  • educational material to facilitate individual learning

  • guidance and resources to support local implementation, training, promotion and engagement

 

 

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