LOUTH County Hospital in Dundalk recorded the highest level of hand hygiene compliance in the Dublin North East region, and one of the highest in the overall compliance rates in the State – according to new figures.
The hospital recorded a compliance rate of 86 per cent for hand hygiene over a
The overall compliance for the period during 2010 was 79.6 period which was over the target of 75 per cent set by the HSE for 2011.
The compliance for the different categories of healthcare worker was: nurses/midwifes 83.5 per cent, doctors 68.4 per cent, auxiliary staff 78.7 per cent and other healthcare staff 84.6 per cent.
The HSE has set a target of achieving on 90 per cent compliance with hand hygiene by 2013. To achieve this, healthcare facilities should develop actions plans including education and training and re-audit to improve compliance. Welcoming the results, HSE Assistant National Director of Health Protection, Dr Kevin Kelleher, said that improving hand hygiene compliance is a priority for the HSE. “The HSE has set a target of achieving rates of compliance of more than 90% by 2013 and will continue to work with healthcare facilities to develop actions plans including education, training and re-audit programmes to reach this goal. “Acute hospitals in Ireland were required to undertake a hand hygiene compliance audit in October 2011. This is the second such study carried out by the HSE and the compliance rate of 79.6 per cent is an improvement on the rate of 74.7 per cent in the study taken last June. Biannual reports hand hygiene compliance will be published on an on-going basis. “Ireland is one of only a small number of countries worldwide to publish hospital level data, demonstrating how seriously the HSE takes the issue. The HSE measures hand hygiene compliance using a standardised procedure and has trained and validated auditors. Both initiatives are critical to ensure that results are comparable over time,” said Dr Kelleher.