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Hospitals: Hygiene

Question for Department of Health

UIN 222412, tabled on 28 January 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will review the adequacy of his Department's current guidance to NHS trusts on how to monitor hand hygiene levels.

Answered on

2 February 2015

Auditing of hand hygiene compliance is a local responsibility, and the Department does not collect this information centrally.

The Health and Social Care Act 2008 Code of Practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance sets 10 compliance criteria to manage healthcare associated infections. This includes one covering infection prevention and control which refers to hand hygiene and recommends that providers undertake hand hygiene audits.

The hand hygiene provisions appear to be operating satisfactorily and it is therefore not proposed that provisions relating to guidance on hand hygiene are changed as part of the revisions to the Code of Practice, which is currently out for consultation.