Health Protection Scotland (HPS) has today published their Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) annual report. The HAI annual report provides the latest figures on healthcare associated infections. These infections continue to represent a threat to patient safety across Scotland and to safe care as a whole, wherever that is delivered.
Publication of the HAI Annual report coincides with World Health Organization (WHO)’s Hand Hygiene Day which takes place on Sunday 5 May 2019. Every year HPS champions the campaign, which this year focuses on hand hygiene being practised across all healthcare settings, including nursing homes.
Laura Imrie, Interim Lead Consultant Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection (ARHAI) Group, HPS, said: "The publishing of this report demonstrates HPS’s commitment to the prevention and control of infections in all care settings. Hand hygiene is one of the most important practices to prevent infection both in healthcare settings and in the community.
“The joint UK five-year national action plan to tackle antimicrobial resistance was recently published. HPS will play a key role in the implementation of many components of the action plan, ensuring Scotland is better equipped to control antimicrobial resistance (AMR) now and in the future.
“HPS welcomes the decision that England will join Scotland and Wales in adopting the Scottish national IPC manual and care standards - this provides real opportunity for us to work collaboratively in bringing about a common understanding of infection prevention across the UK.”
Each year the SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign aims to progress the goal of maintaining a global profile on the importance of hand hygiene in health care and to ‘bring people together’ in support of hand hygiene improvement globally.
- Further information on WHO’s global hand hygiene is available at: https://www.who.int/infection-prevention/campaigns/clean-hands/en/
- The HAI annual report is available at: https://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/web-resources-container/healthcare-associated-infection-annual-report-2018/