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New infection control guidelines urge better hand hygiene

12/02/2014

New Infection Control Guidelines

A fresh piece of national guidance on infection prevention and control has been introduced, urging hospitals to work harder to inspire good hand hygiene among nursing staff and patients.

Taking inspiration from the World Health Organisation’s Five Moments for Hand Hygiene initiative, the new recommendations have recently been published in the Journal of Hospital Infection.

The study’s lead author, Professor Heather Loveday, commented that the updated recommendations provide the “best available scientific evidence for preventing healthcare infections in hospitals”.

Additionally, the guidelines also advise healthcare establishments to display videos and posters adorned with forthright slogans and messages to encourage staff to improve hand hygiene.

Indeed, Julie Storr, president of the Infection Prevention Society, hailed the guidance, welcoming a more robust emphasis on informing and educating hospital staff and patients on how to help prevent infection – and it’s little wonder.

Every year, hundreds of millions of patients around the world are affected by healthcare associated infections (HCAIs), with poor hand hygiene contributing to the spread of potentially life threatening illnesses.

To control infection – whether from flu, the common cold or gastrointestinal disorders – in any environment, an effective hand hygiene compliance programme, combined with frequent hand washing, sanitising and effective drying, helps slash the risk of health problems.

Consequently, if you would like to learn more about infection control solutions for your organisation, please get in touch with a member of our team – we’d be pleased to help.