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Right Arrow Trust launches phase two of cleanyourhands campaign
18 July 2006 at 15:47

According to the National Patient Safety Agency’s cleanyourhands campaign; “…improving hand hygiene goes back to the basics of patient care. There is no simple way of reducing health care associated infection but improving hand hygiene compliance can have a significant impact.”

Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust was a leader in the campaign when it launched in February last year, and we have just launched phase two of the campaign.

The second phase focuses on two particular themes:

The power of one, which highlights the fact that every single employee has a role to play in hand hygiene and every individual has the power to make a difference; and

The point of care, which refers to the need for hand hygiene to be performed at the right time and in the right place. It emphasises that cleaning your hands must be seen and understood to be an integral part of care, not an interruption to it, or a ‘bolt-on.’

Martin Kiernan, Infection Control Nurse Consultant said, “One of the main ways in which the quality of personal hygiene is improved and the risk of infection reduced, is by the simple act of washing your hands. Once hands are clean, regularly using an alcohol hand rub gel helps maintain the cleanliness. To help in this, at the start of the campaign last year, bottles of hand rub gel were placed at the foot of every bed in the hospital, except where this might be a hazard, such as in paediatrics. In these areas staff wear a personal supply of the gel in a clip-on bottle.”

“The independent Healthcare Commission Staff Survey in 2005 has provided evidence that the campaign has thus far been a success. In response to a question about the Trust doing enough to promote hand hygiene, only 12% disagreed that we were doing enough, against a national average of 25%. Only 7% of staff felt that Infection Control did not apply to them in their role as opposed to the national figure of 24%. In addition 85% of staff were able to state that they had received hand hygiene training, when the national figure was 65%.

“But it is important that we maintain the momentum. New posters will continue to be placed around the hospital and we continue to encourage patients and visitors to ask all members of staff if they have washed their hands. We are particularly pleased to note that there has been an increasing trend in the use of hand hygiene facilities by visitors to the hospital and we will continue to encourage this.”

As part of the launch of the second phase of the cleanyourhands campaign, representatives from GOJO Industries, the makers of Purell Alcohol Gel, put on a display in Southport & Formby District General Hospital.

Notes to Editors

Photo shows Joanne Baines, Infection Control Nurse (centre), Gina Court of GOJO Industries (2nd from right) and members of hospital staff.

Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714