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Hand hygiene – the first step in tackling antimicrobial resistance 

Hand hygiene – the first step in tackling antimicrobial resistance 

The rise of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the biggest threats to global health in today’s world, with the current estimated cost of AMR to the NHS in excess of £180 million per annum.[1]

Although the 2013-2018 AMR Strategy and Public Health England’s ‘Keep Antibiotics Working’ national campaign in 2017 has raised awareness of AMR, the threat of AMR needs continual focus. 

Paul Jakeway, Marketing Director at Deb, explains why hand hygiene is the first crucial step in preventing AMR and why serious action needs to be taken now to protect the future of the NHS. 

The real threat of AMR – a global concern 

Raising standards of hand hygiene – infection prevention in focus in recent Westminster debate 

Raising standards of hand hygiene – infection prevention in focus in recent Westminster debate 

Hand hygiene and infection prevention is now a top priority on the Government’s agenda, after a recent Westminster debate addressed the key infection prevention issues within Healthcare settings. 

The debate addressed the use of electronic monitoring systems to measure hand hygiene compliance and reduce infection rates.

All parties present addressed the flaws of direct observation and the impactthat capturing inaccurate hand hygiene data has on patients and the NHS. It also focused on how technology can improve hand hygiene compliance and what actions need to be taken to reduce costs and increase patient safety within the NHS. 

It’s In Your Hands - preventing sepsis in healthcare by promoting hand hygiene

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May 5th – World Hand Hygiene Day

This week the WHO’s SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign takes place globally.

The event hopes to spread awareness among healthcare workers of how to prevent infectious diseases – including sepsis – by carrying out rigorous hand hygiene routines. 

Shockingly, 70% of the world’s health care workers and 50% of surgical teams do not routinely practice hand hygiene, say the WHO.

This year’s slogan is “It’s in your hands - prevent sepsis in healthcare” and a raft of nurses and other healthcare workers have committed to organising displays, running hand hygiene classes and ensuring current practice meets the best standards possible.