Infection Prevention

Infection Prevention

Trust staff will help protect you by washing their hands, or by cleaning them with special alcohol gel.

Infection prevention has an important role to play in ensuring that patients receive a high quality of care with an improved clinical outcome.  It is also seen as an indicator of the quality and safety of patient care and a representation of how clean the hospital is.  Tameside and Glossop IC NHS FT is committed to preventing the spread of infections and within the hospital environment and in our community healthcare settings. If you have any worries regarding infection prevention during your stay at the hospital please arrange through your nurse to speak with a member of the Infection Prevention Team.

Hand Hygiene

The simple act of washing your hands is effective in preventing the spread of infections. Germs can be brought into the hospital by anyone and they can be spread to other people especially patients whose immune system is low due to illness. To help reduce this, we ask everyone to wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser on entering a patient area and also on leaving.

All staff across the hospital receive training on infection prevention. The training is mandatory. The staff on the wards are monitored to ensure they adhere to the strict policy for washing their hands and are empowered to challenge each other should the need arise. Patients too can ask any member of hospital staff if they have washed their hands before commencing any care with them.

Infection Prevention Team

We have a team of infection prevention nurses who are available to all the wards and departments in the hospital/community healthcare setting.  They provide practical advice and additional specialised knowledge for specific infections.  They also focus on the prevention of infection by supporting staff to ensure that they are aware of the correct practices and procedures to follow.  The team have a wealth of information leaflets to patients.

 

Healthcare Associated Infections

 The key healthcare associated infections (HCAI) are monitored daily, these include Meticillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, (MRSA), Meticillin Sensitive Staphylococcus Aureus (MSSA), Clostridium difficile (C.diff) and Escherichia coli (E.Coli). Information on these can be found via our Trust wide leaflets using the following link: http://www.tamesidehospital.nhs.uk/about-us/our-documents/patient-information-leaflets.htm

 

Should an infection occur then each patient is fully reviewed by the Infection Prevention team to ensure all relevant care has been provided and an investigation is carried out with any learning points shared with colleagues to increase their knowledge of infection prevention and patients where applicable.

What you can do to help 

  • Maintain good standards of personal hygiene (body and hands)
  • Ensure you wash your hands after using the toilet
  • If you visit the bathroom or toilet and are concerned that it does not look clean, report it immediately to the nurse in charge of the ward. Request it is cleaned before you use it
  • Always wash your hands or clean them with a hand wipe immediately before eating a meal
  • Do not be afraid to ask the member of staff who needs to examine you or perform a procedure if they have first washed their hands or used hand sanitiser.
  • Keep your locker and bed-table free from clutter. Too many things make it more difficult to clean your locker and bed-table properly,  Any toiletries can be stored in your locker for your personal use.

What your visitors can do to help

  • Use hand sanitiser to clean their hands before and after visiting you. These are readily available at entrances to wards/departments and at the end of every patient bed
  • Do not visit if they have sickness (vomiting). Diarrhoea, a sore throat or raised temperature (fever)
  • Do not sit on the patient’s bed – use the visitors chairs provided
  • Report it to the nurse on duty if you see something that has been missed during cleaning