The transmission of harmful microbes by the hands of healthcare providers is the most important cause of the spread of healthcare associated infections. Hand hygiene is a very simple, efficient though cheap way to prevent this from happening. Numerous international reviews show however, that physicians, nursing and paramedic staff not always respect hand hygiene instructions. Thanks to the national campaigns for the promotion of hand hygiene, the compliance in Belgian hospitals certainly progressed. Yet, it remains necessary to repeat the campaigns on a regular basis.
The hand hygiene campaigns are an initiative of BAPCOC (Belgian Antibiotic Policy Coordination Committee) which also funds them, along with the Federal Public Service of Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment.