Hand Hygiene Torch Tour visits Blaze

Cleaning your hands is one of the most important actions anyone can carry out to prevent infection. For the past 15 years, patient safety organisations in the UK and the World Health Organisation globally, have been focused on making hand hygiene a routine behaviour in healthcare settings. Each year on 5th May, the World Health Organisation issues a ‘call to action’ that promotes hand hygiene globally. The Infection Prevention Society is supporting this call to action through a Hand Hygiene Relay involving the transfer of a torch baton around the UK and Ireland, in a similar fashion to the Olympic torch in 2012.

As members of the Infection Prevention Society, the Infection, Prevention and Control team from University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust received the ‘Hand Hygiene Torch’ on the 8th July for a week.

This past Monday, Allison, Nicola and Mel ventured down to the Skydome in their quest to help spread awareness about the importance of hand hygiene.

As part of the day, Genting Casino Coventry Blaze Head Coach Danny Stewart took part in activities to raise awareness of microbial resistance, using instruments such as a UV Glow Box.

Stewart went on to say, "It’s really important to know this stuff especially in such a close environment that we have and to help keep away from unnecessary sickness. The team from University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire Trust were really helpful and we are really happy as an organisation to help spread the awareness."

Allison Bradley, an Infection, Prevention and Control Nurse at UHCW NHS Trust, continued, "It’s been fantastic to be part of the Infection Prevention Society’s torch relay to raise awareness of hand hygiene amongst people across Coventry and Warwickshire. Whilst good hand hygiene is especially important for people working in and visiting hospitals, the simple messages we’re promoting can help people in the community to stay safe and well too.

The Coventry Blaze team has been so supportive of us, and we’d really like to thank them for being part of this tour and helping us to raise awareness even further."

More information about the Hand Hygiene Torch relay can be found on the Infection Prevention Society website.

UHCW NHS Trust has recently been named the best Trust of its type in England for fighting hospital associated infections. Find out more here.

Also check out ‘The Hygiene Hop’ video that the team at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire created:



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Use the hashtag #IPSTorchTour16 on Twitter to see where the tour has taken them!