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Hand Sanitisation

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department has taken to ensure that all hospitals provide an alcohol-free means of hand sanitisation for visitors. (113378)

The focus of “cleanyourhands”, the national hand hygiene campaign run by the National Patient Safety Agency, is to get health care workers to clean their hands more often as it is staff who play the key role in cross-infection and therefore prevention. Decisions on the use of hand rubs and similar products by visitors are made locally and a variety of alcohol-free products are available.