Alcohol Hand Rub Consumption Surveillance

Data Collection Type
National data collections of health and social care in Ireland

Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC).

Year established


Statement of purpose

In scope: To support overall multi-faceted strategy for the control and prevention of infectious diseases by providing standardised measure of alcohol hand gel consumption for acute hospitals.

Coverage (geographical and temporal)

32 acute hospitals regularly contribute to the data.


Surveillance of consumption of alcohol-based hand washing gels in acute hospitals. Data from entire facility in litres per each quarter supplied to HPSC. Results as rates, expressed as litre per 1000 Bed-days used per hospital are published quarterly.

Data users

Infection control teams in acute hospitals.

Data content

Completed MS Excel sheet of products used, quantity and any additional information.

Data dictionary

Not available.

National-level identifier variables

Not applicable.

Equity stratifiers

Not applicable.

Data collection methodology

Infection prevention and control staff, pharmacists or stores managers provide data on a quarterly basis, of the total amount of alcohol had rub used in litres. An MS Excel template is used for data entry. HPSC provide rates in litres per 1000 bed-days used.

Clinical coding scheme


Size of national collection

Approx 130 records created for the numerator data annually.

Publication frequency

Bi-annual and annual reports published and available on HPSC website, .

Accessing data

Data requests can be submitted via and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Open data portal access


Email contact
Telephone contact