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Hospital cleanliness campaign saving 10,000 lives

Friday 4th May 2012
Hospital cleanliness campaign saving 10,000 lives
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Soap has become the number one form of sterile services in hospitals around the country and the hygiene routine is saving 10,000 lives every year.

A campaign known as CleanYourHands was launched in England and Wales in 2004 and is preventing the spread of noroviruses around health facilities and thus reducing the amount of deaths in hospitals.

The initiative aims to ensure that doctors, nurses and patients all know the importance of washing their hands in order to contain and eradicate hospital bugs such as MRSA and Clostridium difficile (C.diff).

Sheldon Paul Stone, senior lecturer at UCL Medical School, said: "Without a doubt, lives were saved by the campaign. I would say 10,000 lives over the four year period of the study was a reasonable estimate."

However, despite this campaign, noroviruses are still prevalent, albeit in very small cases, in isolated hospitals. Raigmore Hospital was recently hit by an outbreak of C.diff and required deep cleaning following the closure of its cancer ward.

written by James PuckleADNFCR-1780-ID-801357302-ADNFCR

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