Raising awareness of hand washing

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

To coincide with the World Health Organisation’s annual day to raise awareness of the importance of hand hygiene, North Bristol NHS Trust has installed large, eye-catching boards outside every ward at Southmead Hospital to remind staff, patients and visitors that they need to wash their hands before entering.

Samantha Matthews, Nurse Consultant - Infection Prevention Control, said: “As part of the design of the Brunel building we wanted staff, visitors and patients to have the opportunity to be able to wash their hands before entering the ward areas, which is why there are sinks placed outside of the entrances. 

“Hand washing is one of the most effective ways of preventing the spread of viruses and bacteria. Even if hands look clean they can still carry a lot of viruses and bacteria. 

“If staff, visitors and patients all ensure their hands are clean the risk of spreading infection and time spent in hospital by patients can be reduced.”

The Save Lives: Clean Your Hands campaign was launched in 2009. To find out more visit the website http://www.who.int/gpsc/5may/en/