Staff, patients and visitors are being asked to 'stop, gel and go' to help stamp out infections as part of a new campaign launched on the 10th September by NHS Grampian.
Eye-catching signs will be on display in all hospitals to point out alcohol hand gels and remind them of the importance of hand hygiene and the role alcohol gel can play . The alcohol hand gels are for use by staff, patients and visitors and the new signs feature a traffic light motif asking everybody to remember to 'stop, gel and go' before entering or leaving patient areas of the hospitals, such as wards or theatres.
Karen Wares, Local Health Board Co-ordinator for the National Hand Hygiene Campaign for NHS Grampian, said: "Alcohol hand gel kills about 99 per cent of germs in around 30 seconds and dries naturally on the skin. "It is very convenient for staff, patients and visitors on the move because you don't have to be next to a sink to use it and the design of the new 'stop gel and go' signs makes it stand out and acts as a regular reminder to use it."
Tommy Ovens, Public and patient involvement forum representative, said: "The fight against
infections has to be a Team effort and Visitors and Patients have a role to play by strict adherence to the STOP, GEL, GO programme. This goes some way in helping the Hospital staff fight these insidious problems".
In addition to the permanent 'Stop Gel and Go' display boards in wards and other patient areas, their will be stands at various locations in NHS Grampian during the week of the 10th September, giving advice on good hand hygiene techniques. Using a UV light box, the Infection Control Team & Health Improvement Assistants will be demonstrating how important it is to perform good hand hygiene.
John McKinnon, Infection Control Manager, states "The 'Stop Gel and Go' campaign is about promoting and highlighting the importance of good hand hygiene, which is widely recognised as the single most important factor in reducing the spread of healthcare associated infection. As an Infection Control Team, we cannot achieve this on our own so by making staff, patients and visitors aware of what they can do to help we will hopefully get across the message that infection control is everyone's business."
This campaign has been developed to further support the National Hand Hygiene Campaign. The Germs. Wash your hands of them Campaign was officially launched by the former Health Minister, Andy Kerr MSP on the 15th January 2007, and is aimed at reducing avoidable illness amongst staff, patients and the general public.
For further information on this campaign please visit www.washyourhandsofthem.com