Healthcare Associated Infections

A Persistent Threat to Health, Safety & Efficiency

Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAIs) remain a persistent threat for patient safety, hospital reputation and the risk of financial repercussions and penalties.

A lack of hand hygiene compliance by healthcare staff continues to be a significant contributor to the spread of pathogens, resulting in HCAIs. Implementing best practice makes a significant difference in increasing compliance and reducing HCAIs.

  • Universal standard – Follow the “5-Moments for Hand Hygiene” Guidelines, as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for a higher standard of hand hygiene behaviour in hospitals
  • Monitor and feedback – Provide meaningful and actionable feedback for hospital staff to lead to a positive and sustainable change in hand hygiene behaviour
  • Skin Health – Integrate skin care with hand hygiene to improve the skin health of hospital staff and reduce barriers to hand hygiene compliance

HCAI Prevalence

The traditional method of direct observation is proven to be flawed and unreliable for measuring hand hygiene, inflating compliance rates by 30%.1

According to the CDC, WHO and Joint Commission, real hand hygiene compliance lies at less than 50% in most hospitals.2

The condition of healthcare staff hands can be a significant barrier to hand hygiene compliance.

HCAI Impact

The overall average direct cost of a HCAI is up to £4,300. 3


HCAIs cost the NHS a total of £1 billion per year.

The ongoing average total cost to an employer of workers with unreported WRE is estimated at £2,000 per year. 4

1 Srigley, J. A., et. al. (2014, July 7). Quantification of the Hawthorne effect in hand hygiene compliance monitoring using an electronic monitoring system: A retrospective cohort study. BMJ Quality and Safety, 1-7.  2 Joint Commision 2015.  3 House of Commons Public Accounts Committee: Reducing Healthcare Associated Infection in Hospitals in England.​ 4 Journal of Environmental Medicine 5 Thyssen J.P. et al; Contact Dermatitis 2010; 75-87.​