As part of the World Health Organisation’s ‘SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands’ campaign, NHS Tayside’s infection prevention and control team has been raising awareness of the importance of hand hygiene, infection prevention and control measures and antimicrobial resistance to public, patients and staff.
Lead nurse infection prevention and control Pamela Davidson said, “The ‘SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands’ campaign aims to maintain a global profile on the importance of hand hygiene in healthcare by bringing people together in support of hand hygiene improvement.
“Infection prevention and control, including hand hygiene, is critical to reduce the risk of infection. This is a practical and evidence-based approach with proven impact on quality of care and patient safety across all levels of the health system. Clean hands are important as we go about our daily lives as it helps us stay healthy.”
The infection prevention and control team and the antimicrobial stewardship team hosted information events at Ninewells Hospital and Perth Royal Infirmary to raise awareness. Visitors to the events had the opportunity to test their hand washing technique, obtain information on hand hygiene decontamination and participate in competitions.