Preventing Hospital Infections

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The prevention and control of infection is a top priority for the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. Our efforts to reduce the number of patients with Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAIs), such as MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphlococcus Aureus) and Clostridium Difficile (CDT), across our hospitals continues to be of vital importance in the way we work.

All NHS organisations must ensure that they have effective systems in place to control healthcare associated infection. We continue to reduce HAIs by improving our use of antibiotics and by creating an environment and culture whereby our staff understand the importance of ensuring wards and patient waiting areas are clean, and that we all practice good infection control and hygiene when caring for our patients.

All staff, both clinical and non-clinical, must complete mandatory hand washing training every year. Our staff are encouraged to be vigilant and report cleanliness issues. We routinely ask patients and visitors to use the hand gel provided before coming onto the wards.

All relevant elective (planned surgery) and emergency patients are screened for MRSA as required by the Department of Health. Cases of MRSA bacteraemia and CDT are reported weekly as required by the Department of Health.


Infection prevention advice for your stay in hospital

What we expect from you

• It is important that you shower/bathe on the day of your admission to hospital.

• It is important to keep your hands and body clean when you are in hospital. Please use the alcohol hand rub provided when entering or leaving all wards.

• Ensure you always wash your hands after using the toilet. If you use a commode ask for a bowl of water to wash your hands, or use a moist hand-wipe afterwards.

• Please do not sit on other patients’ bed.

• Bring personal toiletries including soap and a clean flannel with you. Please do not share your toiletries with other patients.

• Bring a container of moist hand-wipes with you, to ensure you always have some available when you need to clean your hands.

• Gentlemen should bring their own razor to shave.

• Try to keep the top of your locker and bed-table free from clutter. Too many things left on top make it difficult for cleaning staff to clean properly.

• Please report promptly any new symptoms you may have, for example diarrhoea, vomiting or nausea and any discomfort you may have with cannulae in veins or

urinary catheters. A cannula is a small tube that has been inserted into a vein. A urinary catheter is a tube that has been inserted into your bladder.

What you can expect from us

Hospital staff can help you by washing their hands using special alcohol rubs or gels. If a member of staff needs to examine you or perform a procedure, do not be afraid to ask if they have first washed their hands.

• If you visit the toilet/bathroom and you are concerned that it does not look clean, report this immediately to the nurse in charge of the ward.

• Your bed area should be cleaned regularly, if you see something which has been missed during cleaning, report it to the nurse in charge and request it is cleaned.

What we expect from your visitors

Visitors play an important part in helping to prevent the spread of infection. Please ensure your visitors:

• Wash or gel their hands when entering and leaving the ward.

• Are aware of any infection control signs in ward areas and do not wander into any other room.

• Do not visit if they themselves have an infection such as diarrhoea and/or vomiting.

• Do not visit if they have been In contact with someone who has chicken pox, coughs and colds etc.

• Use the chairs available and do not sit on your or other patients’ beds.

• Visitors bringing children – It is important to note that although children are welcome to visit, babies and young children are more at risk of picking up and passing on infections. Please do not let them visit any other patients or wander around the ward.