Celebrating Hand Hygiene Day at Grafton Base Hospital are director of nursing Paul Schofield, nursing unit manager Amy Lowe, nurse Wendy Jackson, Men’s Shed trophy maker Don Jackson and nurse Leanne Jarvis.
Celebrating Hand Hygiene Day at Grafton Base Hospital are director of nursing Paul Schofield, nursing unit manager Amy Lowe, nurse Wendy Jackson, Men’s Shed trophy maker Don Jackson and nurse Leanne Jarvis. JoJo Newby

Dispensing good advice on hygiene

WENDY Jackson spent much of Saturday and Wednesday nights working on a special outfit to wear to work yesterday.

She looked ridiculous.

She didn't use a pattern, glued parts of the outfit together rather than stitched them and made her hat out of card.

But despite looking ridiculous, the registered nurse in the emergency department at the Grafton Base Hospital was more than happy with the $30 outfit and what it helped achieve.

For those who didn't know, yesterday was international hand hygiene day, and Wendy, together with many of her colleagues, dressed up as part of an in-house hospital competition to promote hygiene.

Wendy and some of her fellow nursing staff from the emergency department dressed as hand wash dispensers. They took out the inaugural award – two gold-painted rubber gloves stuffed with plaster of Paris mounted on a timber base donated by the Men's Shed.

The hospital's infection control officer, Jane Nichols, said Grafton Base had a relatively good record in preventing cross infections through hygiene.

“For two years there has been an international push to improve hand hygiene in health care workers because it is recognised how important a role it plays in prevention of infection,” she said.

It was one of the most effective weapons in fighting multi-resistant organisms, she said.

She said the hospital's focus on hand hygiene was now evident in every ward, with a dispenser at the end of every bed.

“We have an infection control liaison nurse in all the clinical areas,” she said.

“Today is a bit of fun, but there is a serious message to it. We encourage all health care workers, visitors and patients to use the hand hygiene products to prevent cross infection.”



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