Importance of hand hygiene highlighted through new displays 

 

25 January 2013

The importance of hand hygiene is being highlighted to patients and visitors to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) and the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford thanks to eye-catching new displays.

Hand Hygiene 

             Pictured are (from left) Debbie Snooke, Senior Infection Prevention and
             Control Nurse, and Debbie Link, Infection Prevention and Control Nurse,
             with the roller banners

New roller banners, which have been created by the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Team at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, are on display in the Outpatients Departments at both RSH and PRH.

Under the slogan ‘Clean Hands Save Lives’ the banners feature almost life-size photographs of Debbie Snooke, Senior Infection Prevention and Control Nurse, and Debbie Link, Infection Prevention and Control Nurse.

The roller banners briefly explain why good hand hygiene is so important, encourage people to use hand gel, and include photographs of the three different types of hand gel dispensers that the Trust has at RSH and PRH.

Good hand hygiene, and correct usage of cleaning methods such as hand gel, helps to prevent healthcare associated infections and the IPC team wants to ensure anyone on site at RSH or PRH is aware of this and of the different hand gels.

Debbie Snooke said the importance of good hand hygiene could not be under-estimated.

She said: “Keeping hands clean through good hand hygiene is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid becoming ill and spreading germs to others.

“These roller banners are an eye-catching way of helping to ensure that staff, patients and visitors have this principle at the front of their minds when they are at RSH or PRH.

“Our Outpatients Departments have a high footfall on a daily basis and are prime locations for the banners to be on display and we hope people will take a few moments to take on board the important message.”

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