Luton and Dunstable Hospital - Hand Hygiene in Partnership
Luton and Dunstable Infection Control Study Day 27th June 2014

We were invited to talk and share views of MRSA from a patient's perspective to a group of Infection Control Link Staff at Luton and Dunstable Hospital. The Infection Control Link Staff comprise of nurses and other allied health professionals.

Luton and Dunstable Hospital - Hand Hygiene in Partnership was the welcoming sign that greeted us from the road as we approached the hospital. This was encouraging to see a hospital promoting this to the public. It helps if we are all working in partnership to prevent avoidable infections. With all the other things that are in place to prevent infection, hand hygiene is the one thing that we can't omit when preventing infection, whatever setting we give or receive care.

We heard about the rigorous C.diff screening that was being carried out, and were impressed with the presentation and the information given to the link nurses. Cleanliness in the environment was covered and instruction on what should be happening. Instructions on the hydrogen peroxide vapour cleaning, when and how long to use it was given. There had been no hospital acquired C.diff cases reported so far this year, only one patient had been admitted with C.diff. Staff are empowered to state if they think it's beneficial to use the hydrogen peroxide vapour equipment in other areas, with advice given on where it is safe and practical to do so.

Ultrasonic technology produces the finest vapour and it is surprising just how much equipment can be decontaminated. This is clearly useful for other more virulent gram negative bacteria, for example in intensive care units, where some of the London hospitals have been experiencing problems.

Sue Fox introduced Derek to the link nurses and the presentation telling the stories of patients and their families who had been affected by MRSA and other infections went down very well with staff. We were able to talk to them in the break and the feedback received from the day confirmed that the messages were heard. Some of the comments included:

"Your session was an eye opener to healthcare workers like us"

"personal and relative experience was excellent and powerful"

"excellent because of the real life situations"

"loved the personal touch and emotional aspect"

"You have touched everyone with your stories" and the staff particularly liked the final message:

"To treat your patients just like your family"

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(c) MRSA Action UK 2014