An array of “cute” germs highlights the targeted illnesses
Patient safety is deemed to be of the highest priority in New Zealand – and this year’s Patient Safety Week is providing an opportunity to focus on effective hand hygiene in medical facilities across the country, according to a recent report on the Scoop website.
The week long campaign has resulted in the animation of highlighted germs, being Campylobacter, group A Streptococcus, Staphylococcus aureus, norovirus, E. coli, influenza, viral conjunctivitis and hepatitis A.
The article advises
“Don’t give germs a free ride! Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the ‘Happy birthday’ song twice. Remember to dry your hands thoroughly afterwards.”
The report also draws attention a very important benefit of hand washing apart from infection control in its own right. “By helping prevent sickness, hand hygiene also helps to reduce the use of antibiotics” it advises.
Patient Safety week this year runs from the 4th to the 10th November, according to the Health Quality & Safety Commission New Zealand, which states
“This year’s Patient Safety Week (PSW) topic is infection prevention and control with a focus on good hand hygiene. Good hand hygiene is the simplest, most effective way to prevent healthcare associated infections.”
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