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Spotlight on infection control at our hospitals

Posted on Thursday 10th November 2011

Next week is Infection Prevention Awareness Week at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.

The week focuses on raising awareness of the infection prevention measures in place to reduce healthcare associated infections, provide a clean hospital environment and promoting the importance of good hygiene.

There have been no MRSA cases at the Cumberland Infirmary or West Cumberland Hospital for the past 18 months and there has also been a significant reduction in Clostridium difficile infections.

From Monday 14 November to Friday 18 November, members of staff from the Infection Prevention and Control team will be explaining what measures, procedures and policies are in place within the Trust to reduce Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAI) - and how patients, visitors and other staff can help.

Alexandra Galdins, Lead Infection Prevention and Control Nurse with Anne Tye and Kathleen Borthwick, Infection Prevention and Control Nurses at the Cumberland Infirmary will be promoting prevention measures in the atrium area of the hospital between 10am and 12pm. Senior Infection Prevention and Control Nurses, Nicola O’Reilly and Ann Bateson will be running a stand in the main cafeteria at the West Cumberland Hospital. The staff will be sharing information on hand hygiene and areas of good practice, as well as launching new Trust policies on infection prevention.

Nicola said: “Staff, patients and visitors can come along to find out more about infection prevention and control and obtain information on what the Trust has implemented to reduce Healthcare Associated Infections.

“We want to celebrate the fact that the Trust has made excellent progress on reducing the number of cases of infections such as Clostridium difficile and MRSA blood stream infections, but it is also vital that we sustain momentum and continue to keep working hard to reduce these figures further.”

The themes for the week are as follows:

Cumberland Infirmary

The stand in the atrium will be manned from 10am until 12pm each day.

Monday 14 November

‘Relieving the Pressure’ – launch of new safeguarding tool for tissue viability.

Tuesday 15 November

Improvements and innovation in infection prevention in the last 12 months.

Wednesday 16 November

Hand hygiene with Hero Joe. This will include a children’s ward poster competition which will be judged by Hero Joe and a prize awarded.

Thursday 17 November

Occupational Health Staff will be promoting flu awareness and encouraging healthcare staff to have the vaccine this year.

Friday 18 November

National Antibiotic Awareness day.

 West Cumberland Hospital

Tuesday 15 November – Aseptic policy promotion and IV access.

3M and Alaris who supply the turst with IV dressings and extension lines will be visiting to provide information to staff regarding their products which are already in use at West Cumberland Hospital. The infection prevention team will be promoting the new aseptic policy and clinical guidelines.

Wednesday 16 November – Flu.

Occupational Health Staff will be promoting flu awareness and encouraging healthcare staff to have the vaccine this year.

Thursday 17 November – Cleaning and decontamination.

Staff will be promoting decontamination policies and products and raising awareness about cleanliness of the hospital environment. Clinell, who supply the Trust with disinfectant wipes, and GoJo, who supply the Trust with hand hygiene products, will be visiting with their products.

West Cumberland Hospital will also be running a prize draw competition throughout the week for staff and visitors with 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes.