Focus on Five
My 5 moments for hand hygiene
The trust is committed to ensuring high quality hand hygiene is carried out while caring for patients and now incorporates the ‘My 5 moments for hand hygiene’ as part of the original ‘cleanyourhands’ campaign.
These initiatives assist clinical staff with knowing when and at what point should they carry out hand decontamination which supports the natural workflow of care and is designed to be easy to learn, logical and applicable to all clinical areas.
The trust has also implemented the Department of Health’s high impact interventions (HII).
Using an evidence-based approach relating to key clinical procedures or care processes that can reduce the risk of infection if performed appropriately, they have been developed to provide a practical way of highlighting the critical elements of a particular procedure or care process (also known as a care bundle).
These interventions are simple evidence-based tools that aim to increase reliability of basic key procedures by encouraging a voluntary behaviour change by asking the question ‘Do we get it right every time?’
The use of the above campaigns to tackle healthcare associated infections is continually re-energised. Infections such as MRSA and Clostridium difficile can lengthen patients stay in hospital and cause complications as they can be difficult to treat.
We employ a zero tolerance approach to non-compliance with trust policy. Staff are trained in good hand hygiene and infection prevention measures. Our dress code supports good infection prevention practices including ‘bare below the elbows’, to facilitate good hand hygiene. We are continuously looking to improve our standards and methods, and have recently implemented a highly sensitive new test for Clostridium difficile.
With regular audits and strict hygiene standards we work hard and place great importance in reducing the risk of infection for our patients, visitors and staff.