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National Patient Safety Agency

New DVD to combat superbugs

2 July 2008


Today a new guidance video will be available to all NHS trusts in England and Wales to educate and inform healthcare workers on the importance of good hand hygiene in preventing infection.


The DVD has been produced by the National Patient Safety Agency’s (NPSA’s) award-winning cleanyourhands campaign has been sent to all NHS trusts, as well as being available to download via the NPSA website.


The campaign is currently in its third year in NHS acute hospitals in England and Wales, and is about to begin its first year in primary care, mental health, ambulance and care trusts. It aims to reduce the spread of preventable healthcare associated infections, such as MRSA and Clostridium Difficile, by improving the hand hygiene of healthcare workers.


The video, which includes demonstrations of how healthcare workers should clean their hands, was produced after surveys and feedback from trusts revealed that their staff did not always know when to use soap and water and when to opt for the alcohol handrub.


Martin Fletcher, Chief Executive of the NPSA said:


“The DVD has been designed with all healthcare settings in mind, from primary care, to mental health, to hospitals to encourage good hand hygiene practice across the NHS. The strength of our campaign so far has been getting hand hygiene high on everyones agenda and raising awareness of its vital role in preventing infection. The DVD continues this commitment to educate all healthcare workers, regardless of their discipline.


“By making the video available online we have ensured that all healthcare workers can access the important guidance and it has been divided into sections to make it easier for training purposes.


“We have come a long way since our campaign began in 2004 to reduce the spread of healthcare associated infections but these still pose a challenge to all NHS organisations, not just hospitals. I urge that all infection control leads utilise this video, whether it is via the DVD or our website, and make the necessary arrangements for this to be filtered down to frontline staff.”


View the video online.





Notes for editors:


  1. Media enquiries to Paul Cooney in the NPSA Communications Department on 020 7927 9351 or paul.cooney@npsa.nhs.uk.

  2. The cleanyourhands campaign is a four year campaign which aims to improve the hand hygiene of healthcare workers and help the NHS tackle healthcare associated infections. Since its launch in 2004, the campaign has been adopted by all NHS acute trusts in England and Wales, has more than doubled the rate of handhygiene, and is in the process of being extended to primary care, mental health, ambulance and care trusts. Further information.

  3. Since its launch in 2004 the campaign has been hugely successful in all NHS acute hospitals, with independent research revealing that there has been a two-and-a-half fold increase in alcohol handrub and soap usage since the campaign’s launch. Further information.

  4. In June 2008, the cleanyourhands campaign won the award Strategic Communication Campaign of the year at the O2 sponsored Good Communication Awards. View the press release.

  5. The National Patient Safety Agency encompasses the National Research Ethics Service, Patient Safety Division and the National Clinical Assessment Service. Our vision is to lead and contribute to improved, safe patient care by informing, supporting and influencing healthcare individuals and organisations. Each division works within its sphere of expertise to improve patient outcomes.