NURSES have the best hygiene record in our hospitals. The HSE has published its fourth national hand hygiene audit, which shows that 84.3pc are compliant with hand hygiene rules.
The study showed that nurses and midwives had the best record, while doctors had the worst.
Dr Kevin Kelleher, HSE Assistant National Director, Health Protection, said: "While the improvement is very welcome, the HSE has set an ambitious target of greater than 90pc compliance by the end of 2013. We must continue to work to improve our hand hygiene to all staff."
Shamrock crisp for Paddy's Day
FORGET about lucky underwear, horseshoes or heather – those in search of good luck can turn to shamrock-flavoured crisps launched to mark St Patrick's Day.
The shamrock, a three-leafed clover which is said to be lucky, is making its edible debut in the crisps.
Tom Keogh, of Keogh's Crisps, said: "The idea for the shamrock crisp came from our absolute pride in being Irish farmers."
Free car prize draw for charity
IRELAND boss Giovanni Trapattoni and soccer legend Paul McGrath have launched a Monster Car Draw in support of the Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre in Drogheda.
Ford dealer Smiths of Drogheda is to provide the top prizes of two new Fiestas for the Monster Car Draw. Participants in the draw will also have the opportunity of winning one of three generous cash prizes.
Speaking about the draw, Gary Kelly said: "We are very grateful to Ford and Smith's of Drogheda for their support of the Draw. Thanks to their support and indeed, the support of the people who buy tickets for the draw, our centre can continue to provide the invaluable support to local families touched by cancer."
Fake 'taches record attempt
Organisers of a comedy festival in Michigan, USA, claim to have broken the record for the most people wearing fake moustaches.
Gilda's LaughFest said 1,544 people donned various shapes and sizes of taches on the festival's opening day in Grand Rapids.