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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