Trust nursing staff are helping to raise awareness of the importance of good hand hygiene among service users and visitors to help protect those staying on our wards or visiting our services from picking up infections.
As part of an infection prevention control (IPC) champions event, nursing staff were encouraged to design a poster to remind people to wash their hands regularly. The winning design, chosen by Januarys IPC committee features bold, simple, clear graphics and instructions.
The poster, created by Becky Evans a registered nurse based at Cross Lane Hospital in Scarborough, will be produced and displayed across Trust sites in readiness for Hand Hygiene Day on Sunday 5 May.
A member of staff from the IPC team at TEWV said “Hand Hygiene Day is an annual campaign hosted by the World Health Organisation to promote effective hand washing across health care settings.
“Across England, it is reported that there are over three hundred thousand patients who acquire healthcare associated infections such as MRSA, norovirus and the flu.”
“At TEWV we have robust policies to ensure that staff practice effective hand washing techniques and operate a bare below the elbows approach to reduce the risk of infection during clinical procedures
“However, because bacteria is so easily spread, it is important that anyone staying in hospital or visiting our sites helps us to protect those in our care by adopting effective hand washing practices.
“Everyone has a role to play in reducing the spread of infection; regularly cleaning your hands is the single most effective way to do this. The times when this is most important is before eating or handling food, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing and after using the toilet.
“The competition was a great way to remind staff to include service users and carers in our quest to reduce hospital acquired infections and to promote the importance of hand hygiene within mental health and learning disabilities services.”
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