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Shedding light on good hand hygiene

Youngsters at Poole Hospital have been finding out more about how good hand hygiene can reduce the spread of bugs this week as part of a national awareness raising initiative.

Lyla GoodmanLyla Goodman, 10, was among children who found out just how clean their hands are after washing using a special UV light. After covering their hands in an invisible ‘marker’ powder that glows under UV light, youngsters were then challenged to wash their hands thoroughly before placing them under the light to see the results.

The month of activities marks the hospital’s turn to host the Infection Prevention Society’s Hand Hygiene Torch Tour, an Olympic-inspired torch relay visiting every region in the UK and Ireland.  

“The UV light is a really fun and visual way of showing younger patients what can remain on hands even after thorough washing,” said Caroline Fawcett, a play specialist at the hospital (pictured below, left).

“It’s just one of the ways we encourage children to think about good hand hygiene, and infection control in general.”

infection prevention society relay august 2016Kate Crowther, lead infection control nurse specialist (pictured centre), said with bugs like norovirus posing headaches for hospitals, particularly in the winter, it helps to encourage young patients to think about good practice.

“We know that norovirus starts in the community, in places like schools, so increasing children’s awareness of how important clean hands are is very important in developing lifelong good habits,” said Kate.

 

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