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Shrewsbury and Telford hospitals step up hand hygiene strategy

Monday 28th January 2013
Banners will aim to stress the importance of keeping a good standard of hand hygiene, and have been unveiled at hospitals in Shrewsbury and Telford.
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The Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Team at both Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trusts have unveiled a new selection of roller banners explaining the importance of hand hygiene to both staff and visitors.

Under the slogan ‘Clean Hands Save Lives’, the banners will be on display in the Outpatients Departments at both hospitals.

They both briefly outline the importance of using hand gel, and feature images of three different types of dispensers available.

Debbie Snooke, a senior infection and control nurse said: “Keeping hands clean through good hand hygiene is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid becoming ill and spreading germs to others."

She added that she hoped the banners would effectively convey the message to staff and visitors.

The roller banners come after a report from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) suggested that the rate of patients contracting superbugs such as MRSA in hospital has significantly fallen in recent years, but over six per cent of patients still suffer from some sort of infection during their stay.

Written by James Puckle

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