Almost nine out of ten health professionals have clean hands.
Irish hand hygiene compliance rates are at the highest ever levels.
Figures released today from national audits show hand hygiene compliance rates in Irish hospitals now stand at 89.2%, marginally below the HSE target of 90%.
The most recent figures for Letterkenny University Hospital show 92% compliance, slightly above the national average and above the HSE target.
The World Health Organisation says hand washing is the single most effective measure that healthcare workers, patients and the public can undertake to prevent healthcare associated infection which affect hundreds of millions of patients around the world every year.
World Hand Hygiene Day takes place on the May 5th each year.