Wirral University Teaching Hospital Trust highlighted the importance of infection control during its ACTION against C diff week at Arrowe Park Hospital.
Using the ACTION acronym (Antibiotics, Clean, Treatment, Isolation and Investigation, Observation and Nutrition), the week-long campaign took a collaborative approach to infection prevention – involving every ward and department.
Alison Quinn, infection prevention and control team leader said: “High standards of cleanliness are a vital component in our fight against C diff, and our ACTION week highlighted our broad based approach to preventing infection – from improving hand hygiene to addressing nutrition and antimicrobial prescribing.
“This week of concentrated activity put the focus on C diff, but it is part of an ongoing campaign to ensure that the Trust protects patients, staff and visitors within a clean, safe environment.”
Vernacare’s Julie Dickinson helped champion the ‘Clean’ message by visiting the wards to demonstrate best practice in cleaning the Vernachair commode – using the company’s ‘back to basics’ cleaning guide.
After cleaning the chair thoroughly using a chlorine-based detergent, staff were shown how to use the Vernacare Indicator tape, which is a visual management technique that supports better hygiene.
Following effective cleaning, the tape is placed across a variety of equipment – from commodes to drip stands and wheelchairs - to reassure both patients and staff that satisfactory hygiene standards have been achieved. In this way it helps to reduce the risk of infection and improves cleaning compliance.
Staff were shown how to attach the adhesive strips to the clean commodes and then sign the tape - adding the date of their clean to demonstrate to colleagues and patients that equipment is fully compliant with stringent hospital hygiene standards.