Skip to main content
  • Poster presentation
  • Open access
  • Published:

Hand hygiene excellence award winner: spreading the experience countrywide in Romania


Hospital « Sf.Constantin » was designated among the winners of the « European Hand Hygiene Excellence Award » ( 2013). This award turned the winner medical team into a promoter of infection control, as part of the missions given to HHEA awardees.


Improving hygiene in Romania.


The promotion of actions was conducted as: know-how in hospitals; organization of workshops/courses (infectious diseases, epidemiology, use of invasive devices, prevention of bloodstream infections, antibiotic stewardship); co-organization of two annual workshops with international participation; initiating the 5 May (WHO hand hygiene day) celebrations in Romania; translation into Romanian of books in the field.


Since 2013, we conducted 29 courses/workshops in 16 towns. The number of participants was 1530. The topics encompassed 17 themes. All presentations were made in the spirit of the economy of peace, i.e. pro-bono. We gave the materials, initiated on-line feed-back. We contributed to the completion of four master theses, and we are are doing the initiation of a patient’s education program. Instructed professionals came from surgery (51%), oncology (27%), intensive care (16%) and medicine (6%), being registered nurses (65%), doctors (25%), other (10%). We are involved in three major projects in regards to the implementation of infection control measures.


As HHEA winner, our institution contributes to spread infection control/hospital epidemiology in Romania. Our experience verifies the idea of considering hand hygiene as the entrance door to infection control.

Disclosure of interest

None declared.

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Rights and permissions

This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver ( applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.

Reprints and permissions

About this article

Check for updates. Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

Moldovan, A., Capilna, M., Cotoara, I. et al. Hand hygiene excellence award winner: spreading the experience countrywide in Romania. Antimicrob Resist Infect Control 4 (Suppl 1), P148 (2015).

Download citation

  • Published:

  • DOI: