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The spread of infection via hands is well established (Larson 1988, Ayliffe 2000). Hand hygiene is one of the most important procedures for preventing the spread of disease. Microbes from hands can be implicated in the spread of more than 80% of infections. Studies have proven that infection rates can be reduced by 10-50% when hospital staff regularly clean their hands (Larson et al 1997). Therefore effective hand hygiene results in significant reduction in the carriage of potential pathogens on the hands and can therefore decrease the incidence of preventable healthcare associated infections leading to a reduction in patient morbidity and mortality (Pratt et al 2007).

For a Trust of 500 beds, this could mean a reduction in 1540 bed days or savings of £460 000 year (Pettit et al 2000).

Hand hygiene is the single most important measure for preventing the spread of infection and is vital in regards to infection prevention and control at Ashford & St. Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust.



It is the responsibility of all Ashford & St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust staff to:

  • attend hand hygiene session; clinical staff annually, non-clinical three yearly
  • correctly decontaminate hands in accordance with the following policy


Policy Details

Download: PDF version
Compiled by: Linda Fairhead, Consultant Nurse
Ratified by: Clinical Governance Committee
Date Ratified: August 2017
Date Issued: August 2019
Review Date: May 2020
Target Audience: All staff
Contact name: Ann Trail, Consultant Nurse


See also:

  • Standard Precautions Policy
  • Latex Policy
  • Glove Policy
  • Learning Education & Development Policy
  • Uniform Policy