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Minister wants Action to Reduce Cross-Infection Risk

In a recent Dail reply, Health Minister James Reilly said that he had raised concerns about the risk of cross-infection on overcrowded A & E wards with the Health Information Quality Authority (HIQA), his own Department and the HSE, in the hope of taking immediate action to reduce any risk of cross-infection occurring in the future.

Highlighting the fact that Healthcare Association Infections (HCAIs) are an ongoing challenge for health systems across the world, he was keen to stress that the issue has been an ongoing priority for the Government and the Health Service Executive (HSE) for quite some time.

He also highlighted the important role hand hygiene plays in preventing such cross-infection.

PEI has been a constant advocate of educating health service providers on a local level about the importance of following a thorough hand hygiene process and using hand hygiene products to prevent cross-infection occurring, and it is pleased to see this issue raised again in the Dail.

PEI regularly runs poster campaigns, educational events and product trials to raise awareness of the role hand hygiene products play in reducing cross-infections in healthcare institutions. Its educational booklets, such as ‘Safe Care for You and Your Hands’ (which can be downloaded on the right), ensure that the Health Minister’s message has not been lost. 

For further information on its hand hygiene product offering and education please visit the PEI Operating Room products and education pages, or call us on +353 1 419 6900.

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