Nurses at a South Manchester hospital have helped make a YouTube video on infection control, which features them dancing to the Village People.
University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust is trying the novel approach to help spread good infection prevention policy.
The 70s band’s song “YMCA” has been transformed into “MRSA” with words reflecting the importance of clean hands to help reduce the rates of hospital associated infections.
By featuring staff from all areas of the trust, including board members, clinical directors, surgeons through to scientists, clerical staff, domestics and porters – the trust hopes to demonstrate that “all staff, no matter who they are or what their role, are required to help prevent infections”.
It has been running an infection control awareness campaign for two years to remind staff, patients and visitors to take responsibility for hygiene.
Foundation trust chief nurse Mandy Bailey said: “We know that anxiety among the public regarding contracting infections in hospitals is high, and whilst patient safety is always a priority for UHSM, preventing infections now has a much higher awareness among staff than ever before following our successful campaign ‘Infection Prevention – it’s everyone’s responsibility.”
Trust director of communications Susan Osborne added: “We know that some people might think that a video is a bit frivolous, but actually there is a really serious message behind this video – beating infections is our responsibility and it saves lives.”