NHS Lothian cleaning-up on hand hygiene

Doctors and nurses in NHS Lothian hospitals have again demonstrated their commitment to good hand hygiene following the publication of the latest national figures.


Health Protection Scotland’s bi-monthly national hand hygiene audit report shows that NHS Lothian has again exceeded the national standard.


The national compliance rate for hand hygiene across staff groups throughout NHS boards in Scotland is 96%. NHS Lothian has, however, exceeded the national average with a compliance rate of 99%.


Correctly washing your hands with soap and water is the single most important thing a person can do to help reduce the spread of infections, a fact which is instilled in all NHS Lothian staff.


Fiona Cameron, Head of Infection Prevention and Control, NHS Lothian said: “Maintaining appropriate hand hygiene is one of the most basic, yet vital actions that staff and patients can take in order to prevent the unnecessary spread of infection.


“We are very pleased with the most recent figures however it is an ongoing process and we must not become complacent as this is a very basic yet important aspect of healthcare.”


Hand hygiene is part of the induction process for all staff across NHS Lothian, and delivery of hand hygiene education and training is ongoing in an effort to improve and sustain compliance rates across the board.


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Notes to Editors


National Compliance (%)

NHS Lothian compliance (%)

Overall compliance

96

99

Nurse

97

99

Medical

91

97

Ancillary/other

96

97

Allied Health Professional (AHP)

97

98



Kirstin Aitken

Communications Officer

NHS Lothian

Kirstin.Aitken@nhs.net

Tel. 0131 465 5644

06/02/2013