MRSA Action UK: Clean Your Hands!
Wednesday, 30 May 2012
Washing your hands sounds like such a simple piece of common sense that its importance can easily be forgotten, and reminding people to do it can feel silly. But it isn't.
By reminding people to clean their hands, providing proper alcohol rub, and monitoring staff, patient and visitor behaviour, the CleanYourHands campaign has saved an estimated ten thousand lives a year since its inception. That's more than some medicines.
But the campaign isn't over. Cuts and public service reforms mean that the risk of hospital hygiene slipping down the patient care priority list is worse than ever. That's why we have produced this exclusive, animated video in partnership with MRSA Action UK.
Watch MRSA Action UK animated video explaining about their life-saving CleanYourHands campaign:
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Health minister Andy Burnham has insisted the government can still meet its target to cut rates of hospital superbug MRSA, after a leaked memo shows the NHS is set to miss it.
The health secretary has ordered all hospitals to complete anti-superbug 'deep cleans' by March 2008.
The Department of Health's (DoH) attempts to combat hospital 'super bugs' have achieved mixed results.
The battle against MRSA is showing signs of success, with cases down by a third compared to last year.
Opposition MPs have accused the government of prioritising spin over science, as its hospital deep cleaning policy comes under renewed attack.
NHS hospitals are likely to miss targets to complete deep cleaning operations by the end of March.
The health watchdog has today condemned "serious failings" in the management of an NHS trust, which led to the death of 33 people from a hospital-acquired infection.
David Cameron has defended Conservative proposals to financially penalise hospitals where patients catch 'superbugs'.
New statistics out today show strong progress against hospital superbugs, but opposition parties are challenging the figures.
NHS trusts are working harder to improve their infection control standards after a sustained focus from the government, a survey has suggested.