Hygiene push aims to stop infection in Gwent hospitals

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First published in Gwent news

PATIENTS and hospital visitors are being urged to take part in, and help measure compliance with, a new hand hygiene campaign run by Gwent’s health board.

Called “It’s In Your Hands”, the campaign has been launched to coincide with the World Health Organisation’s global Hand Hygiene Day.

Hand hygiene is considered the single most important factor in preventing the spread of infection and the campaign in Gwent will feature posters, banner stands, videos, and hand hygiene roadshows in pharmacies and GP surgeries. It will also be heavily featured on Aneurin Bevan University Health Board’s Twitter and Facebook feeds.

Ten years ago, the Wales-wide Clean Your Hands campaign was credited with driving significant reductions in healthcare-associated infections. As a consequence, all wards across Wales now undertake monthly hand-hygiene audits with the results fed back to healthcare workers.

The new campaign, however, intends to stress the importance of hand hygiene not only in hospitals, but also the wider community, including GP surgeries, care homes and homes.

The health board project is also designed to enable patients and their relatives to meet hand-hygiene compliance in hospitals, allowing them to feed back their observations in confidence.

Stringent hand hygiene is vital in helping to minimise a wide range of infections that can close wards to new admissions and disrupt patient flows in hospitals.

MRSA (methycillin resistant streptococcus aureus) and Clostridium Difficile are the superbugs that regularly hit the headlines and hand-hygiene controls, along with other measures, have been key in reducing their spread.

In Gwent hospitals, the number of C Difficile cases fell to 212 in 2012/13, effectively half the rate of two years previously.

A deep-cleaning programme, using hydrogen peroxide vapour, which has been introduced for wards, is being extended to include cubicles. But hand hygiene remains the frontline method for helping prevent infection in such hospital settings, not least because it can be promoted and encouraged among staff, patients and visitors.

l Information about the It’s In Your Hands campaign can be found at www.aneurinbevanhb.wales.nhs.uk

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12:33pm Tue 6 May 14

Templar05 says...

I was the individual, that saved the Emergency department from closing down ,in 2005 . Check me out on facebook ...Pickering Cleaning and Consulting . I certainly would like to educate the cleaning staff in all hospitals , in Wales.
I was the individual, that saved the Emergency department from closing down ,in 2005 . Check me out on facebook ...Pickering Cleaning and Consulting . I certainly would like to educate the cleaning staff in all hospitals , in Wales. Templar05
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12:54pm Tue 6 May 14

Thor at the door says...

It things were same now as in some 50 years ago, Hospitals would be great! Nurses dressed tidy, Doctors the same and some organisation, oh and the key factor, only british people to see to!
It things were same now as in some 50 years ago, Hospitals would be great! Nurses dressed tidy, Doctors the same and some organisation, oh and the key factor, only british people to see to! Thor at the door
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1:11pm Tue 6 May 14

Mike0408 says...

perhaps they should have someone (security) on front entrances, in/or outside toilets and plotting around the wards telling people to use their hand sterilizers or be told they have to leave leave the hospital due to putting other peoples health at risk.

put this on a trial basis in a few hospitals and see if it works, if it does work THEY KEEP IT, don't get rid of it just because it does work. this might not be the best idea in the world but at least its an idea and i know it is going to go un-noticed lol.

you could also make a machine you must step in to be (fully clothed) as you walk threw the entrance, and the machine decontaminates you r whole body, of course make more than 1 of these so there is not a huge Que going on to a car park or something lol, once again might not be the best idea, but at least its an idea :)
perhaps they should have someone (security) on front entrances, in/or outside toilets and plotting around the wards telling people to use their hand sterilizers or be told they have to leave leave the hospital due to putting other peoples health at risk. put this on a trial basis in a few hospitals and see if it works, if it does work THEY KEEP IT, don't get rid of it just because it does work. this might not be the best idea in the world but at least its an idea and i know it is going to go un-noticed lol. you could also make a machine you must step in to be (fully clothed) as you walk threw the entrance, and the machine decontaminates you r whole body, of course make more than 1 of these so there is not a huge Que going on to a car park or something lol, once again might not be the best idea, but at least its an idea :) Mike0408
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1:29pm Tue 6 May 14

Mike0408 says...

Thor at the door wrote:
It things were same now as in some 50 years ago, Hospitals would be great! Nurses dressed tidy, Doctors the same and some organisation, oh and the key factor, only british people to see to!
if this was the same now as they was 50 years ago, the WORLD would be a better place lol. i mean they didnt have the ''green thing'' back then but you had..
*reusable nappies, not disposable 1's
*paper bags wen you went shopping
*to take you glass bottles back to the store so they can be cleaned and reused
*parents wasnt a school taxi driver, kids had a PUSH BIKE to go to school
*you didnt just in a big powerful car to go to the shops which was only a 10 mins walk away (or further) you actually walked)
*when you cut the grass you didnt jump in to a big machine that burn threw fuel and damage the environment, you had a hand help lawnmower you had to push along with using electric
*you only had 1 TV in a room not 1 in every room, and that was only a small black and white thing i am sure you know which 1's)
*you only had 1 electrical outlet in your house.
*kids was actually outside, climbing trees/walls and actually having fun instead of spending 8+ hours a day in front of the TV.
*people actually said please and thank you (most of the time) and knew what it meant.

WHO needed the GYM in that day hey lol

if things was the same now as 50 years ago i am sure obesity wouldn't be big problem now... Christ how i wish i could have been a kid 50 years ago lol.
but times change and so do people, we can only learn to blend in or be discriminated against.
[quote][p][bold]Thor at the door[/bold] wrote: It things were same now as in some 50 years ago, Hospitals would be great! Nurses dressed tidy, Doctors the same and some organisation, oh and the key factor, only british people to see to![/p][/quote]if this was the same now as they was 50 years ago, the WORLD would be a better place lol. i mean they didnt have the ''green thing'' back then but you had.. *reusable nappies, not disposable 1's *paper bags wen you went shopping *to take you glass bottles back to the store so they can be cleaned and reused *parents wasnt a school taxi driver, kids had a PUSH BIKE to go to school *you didnt just in a big powerful car to go to the shops which was only a 10 mins walk away (or further) you actually walked) *when you cut the grass you didnt jump in to a big machine that burn threw fuel and damage the environment, you had a hand help lawnmower you had to push along with using electric *you only had 1 TV in a room not 1 in every room, and that was only a small black and white thing i am sure you know which 1's) *you only had 1 electrical outlet in your house. *kids was actually outside, climbing trees/walls and actually having fun instead of spending 8+ hours a day in front of the TV. *people actually said please and thank you (most of the time) and knew what it meant. WHO needed the GYM in that day hey lol if things was the same now as 50 years ago i am sure obesity wouldn't be big problem now... Christ how i wish i could have been a kid 50 years ago lol. but times change and so do people, we can only learn to blend in or be discriminated against. Mike0408
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