Hand hygiene important

by Mike Isle

The Canterbury District Health Board is reminding its staff and the public of the importance of good hand hygiene.

The DHB made it the focus of last week’s Patient Safety Week, and Louise Brown from Burwood Hospital’s Infection Prevention and Control Team has first-hand knowledge of how important hand hygiene is.

She said effective hand hygiene helps stop the spread of microorganisms (‘germs’), including those that can cause antibiotic-resistant infections.

“Prevention of infection measures range from basic hand hygiene of hospital staff and the isolation of patients with high-risk organisms, effective cleaning and disinfection of equipment and surfaces, right through to education, research, surveillance activity and audits.

“Good hand hygiene is the simplest, most effective way to prevent infections and has an important role in reducing antibiotic use,” she said.