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Campaign launched to help stop the spread of infection

Published 21/07/2014
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A new campaign is launched today across Derby’s hospitals to remind everyone – patients, visitors and staff – of the importance of guarding against the spread of infection.

“Infection control is everyone's responsibility and we all need to work together to protect the patients in our care” says Derby Hospital’s Chief Nurse Cathy Winfield. “Our new campaign highlights the important measures we all need to take to ensure our patients, visitors and staff are safe.

The campaign features individual members of staff across Derby Hospitals who are united in getting across the message ‘We ALL need to prevent the spread of infection’.

From today posters will be going up around the Royal Derby and London Road hospitals, reminding everyone of the need to stop the spread of infections. Chief Nurse Cathy Winfield and the Trust’s Medical Director Dr Nigel Sturrock are photographed, alongside doctors, nursing staff, ward receptionists, porters and domestic staff as well as visitors.

Infection control teams will be visiting wards to remind everyone of the importance of infection control measures to protect patients. Hand hygiene stations have been set up at hospital entrances and patients and visitors are being urged to use the hand sanitisers which can be found at the entrance to every ward and department.

There are a series of simple measures you can take to help protect yourself and your loved ones. These include paying particular attention to good hand hygiene and not coming to hospital to visit a relative or friend if you are feeling unwell.  

What can patients do to help prevent infection? Patients can help protect themselves by washing their hands after using the toilet and before eating, by not touching wounds or devices unless trained to do so, and by telling staff straight away if they have diarrhoea. There may be occasions where patients are nursed in a single room when an infection has been identified; this is a precaution we use to stop infections spreading. 

What can visitors/relatives do to help? Visitors can help by not visiting if they are unwell, for example if they have diarrhoea and vomiting or flu. Visitors should use the hand sanitiser when entering and leaving wards and departments. Visitors must also wash their hands with soap and water if asked to do so by a member of staff.

And what can our staff do to help stop the spread of infection? All our staff are aware of the importance of our infection control measures. Staff will make sure they adhere to these measures, including decontaminating their hands before having contact with patients.

Where do these infections come from? Not all infections are caused in hospital, many of the infections are found when we test samples on admission. Most people are colonised with bacteria which they carry harmlessly. The same infections we identify in hospital are found in the community as well. This is why we test for certain infections, such as MRSA, when you are admitted to hospital.

By identifying the bacteria responsible for an infection we can treat it with the right antibiotics, if these are needed. Measures such as washing daily for 5 days with the Chlorhexidine body wash we give you when you are admitted (if you come into hospital as an emergency) will help reduce the chances of you getting an infection.

Why is good hand hygiene so important? Good hand hygiene is important whether or not you are in hospital as this is the most important way all of us can help to stop the spread of infection.

 

Last Modified 21/07/2014