Torch arrives at Southern Trust as part of tour to promote hand hygiene

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A special torch aimed at promoting hand hygiene is on tour around the UK and Ireland (from 5th May – 26th September 2016) and arrived recently at The Southern Trust. torch1The Torch was welcomed by the Trust’s Infection Prevention and Control Team recently and will remain in Northern Ireland until Monday 13th June when it will be passed over to the Republic of Ireland. The hand hygiene campaign is being driven by the Infection Prevention Society (IPS) in an effort to ‘spread the message, not the bugs’ and about the importance of hand hygiene. Colin Clarke, Infection Prevention & Control Lead Nurse for SHSCT said, “Hand Hygiene is extremely important not only in our hospitals but in the general community. “It is estimated that 8 out of 10 infectious diseases are spread by touch and it is a startling fact that 95 out of 100 people claim to have washed their hands after using the toilet when the reality is only 65 of the 100 actually do wash their hands.”
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May June 2016 updatedDr Wright, Medical Director for SHSCT said, “Simple but thorough hand hygiene is one of the easiest ways to help reduce healthcare associated infections. “So we remind everyone whether you are staff, a patient, client, carer or visitor to please play your small but very important part in tackling infection by washing your hands and making use of the hand rub that is widely available throughout our Trust facilities.”

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