NPSA press releases
The latest NPSA press releases can be found here:
CQC survey shows patients think hand hygiene of doctors and nurses is improving (May 2009)
The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) latest inpatient survey shows continued improvements in patients saying that they think that doctors and nurses always clean their hands between touching patients.
The CQC surveyed over 72,000 people who spent at least one night in a hospital during summer 2008.
The results from this survey overall show significant improvement in the experience of patients in key areas relating to infection control.
Since 2005, when the patients were first asked about if they felt doctors and nurses were washing their hands in between patient contact, there has been continued improvement.
In 2008, 74% of respondents said that as far as they knew, doctors always cleaned their hands – an increase from 67% in 2005. Eight per cent of respondents said that they thought doctors did not wash their hands, which has fallen from 12% in 2005.
Similarly, 76% said that as far as they knew, nurses always cleaned their hands between touching patients, which has increased from 69% in 2005. Only 4% of respondents said that they thought nurses did not wash their hands, which has fallen from 7% in 2005.
For more information on the findings, please read the CQC’s press release or read the results in full.
October - December 2008
NPSA welcomes fall in MRSA rates - 18 December
Independant healthcare sector signs up to cleanyourhands
Campaign celebrates design win
NPSA responds to incidents of hand rub misuse
Healthcare staff told: Clean your hands at the point of care to save lives
July - September 2008
Campaign to improve the hand hygiene of all NHS staff - 07 July
New DVD to combat superbugs - 02 July
April - June 2008
cleanyourhands in Northern Ireland - 25 June
80% sign-up for expansion of the campaign - 13 May
NHS Staff Survey results show need for greater emphasis on hand hygiene - 09 April
January - March 2008
World infection control expert receives honorary CBE - 24 January