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Infection prevention in the spotlight

Posted on Thursday 8th November 2012
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Senior Infection Prevention nurses, Alex Galdins and Anne Tye at last year's Infection Prevention Awareness Week

Infection prevention and control will be in the spotlight at the Cumberland Infirmary and West Cumberland Hospital next week.

North Cumbria University Hospitals is holding its annual Infection Prevention Awareness Week from Monday 12 to Friday 16 November and patients, visitors and staff are invited to go along to find out more about what the Trust is doing to reduce healthcare associated infections, provide a clean hospital environment and promote the importance of good hygiene.

On Monday, Wednesday and Friday there will be information stands in the Cumberland Gap restaurant at West Cumberland Hospital from 10am to 2pm, and in the Atrium at the Cumberland Infirmary from 2pm to 3pm, where staff will have the latest information, guidance and updates on infection prevention and control.

Information will also be available about tissue viability – that is, work to prevent wounds such as pressure ulcers and keep patients’ skin healthy.

There will also be a free competition for staff and members of the public to enter and company representatives will be on hand to demonstrate hand hygiene products.

Ann Woodburn, Senior Nurse for Infection Prevention and Control, said: “The Trust has done a lot of work to reduce healthcare associated infections – we have had no MRSA bacteraemia cases for over two years and there has also been a significant reduction in Clostridium difficile infections.

“The awareness week is our chance to inform the public about our work and celebrate our excellent progress, while keeping the momentum going to improve further.”

This year the Infection Prevention and Control team have found a novel way to get their message across by sharing a video made by NHS staff in Northamptonshire of hospital workers demonstrating good hand washing techniques to the music of Gangnam Style by South Korean pop star Psy. It can be viewed at www.washyourhands.org.uk.