The ‘CleanYourHands’ campaign has led to significant fall in infections caused by bad hospital hygiene as BMJ released in their report that 10000 lives were saved because of the hospital hygiene drive.
The report revealed that a significant drop in rates of superbug infections on various hospitals across England and Wales because of the government funded hand hygiene drive.
The said campaign was rolled out in 2004. After its launch, the amount of soap and alcoholic hand rub bought by National Health Services NHS almost tripled, according to a BMJ published study.
During the campaign period, MRSA rates in hospitals were slashed by over 50% while there was a significant drop in other infections like Clostridium difficile.
The campaign was supported by the Department of Health and was introduced accross 187 acute NHS trusts in England and Wales between 2004 and June 2005.
A spokesman from the Department of Health was quoted as saying: “The CleanYourHands campaign was successful in its aim to highlight the importance of good hand hygiene practice across the NHS. We know this has been successful.
“The challenge now is to ensure the NHS embeds the good practice highlighted in the campaign to achieve our ambition to wipe out avoidable healthcare-associated infection.”
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