State of the Art device teaches proper hand hygiene

Release Date: 13/02/2017

State of the Art device teaches proper hand hygiene

A cutting edge piece of equipment has arrived at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital to improve hand hygiene training.

Called SureWash, it’s a briefcase-sized machine which puts staff at the Oswestry-based hospital through the correct sequence of washing your hands or using hygienic hand gel. It uses cameras to watch hand movements and tells the user where they can improve their technique.

Infection Prevention and Control Nurse Sue Sayles says it’s a fantastic piece of kit that will really help to train in hygiene practices.

“The beauty of it is that it’s portable,” she said. “We can take it wherever we need to train people.

“I don’t need a sink to teach people the correct procedures because the camera on the module captures all the movements.

“The CQC inspection in 2015 found hand hygiene and staff being bare below the elbows was something we could work on, so the Trust has improved the signage on washing your hands since then and also brought in this amazing new training module.”

Bev Tabernacle, the Trust’s Director of Infection Prevention and Control, said: “Proper hand hygiene is the first and most effective line of defence when it comes to infection control. Infection rates at RJAH are already extremely low but we know we cannot be complacent.

“Since the last CQC inspection we have improved leaps and bounds. With the SureWash system we can go anywhere in the hospital and teach the proper sequences to hand washing in clinical areas and have a clear idea of how good staff are at washing their hands.

“Our clinical staff are extremely dedicated and because of this we have an incredibly low infection rate. With great training we can keep it that way.”

The aims of SureWash are to vastly improve hand hygiene in hospital wards and to make training and compliance much less labour intensive. It was developed in Trinity College, Dublin.

“According to SureWash we are one of the first to use this system. And another benefit could be that we could take it out into the community, to schools and other places to teach proper hand hygiene if we wanted to,” added Sue. 

“It’s actually quite fun to use. It’s interactive, people quite like that. People were scared of the UV light boxes we used to use because they thought it was showing us what’s on their hands.

“People would avoid the exercise. But with this people come forward and want to have a go. It’s making hand hygiene fun.”

Pictured: Director of Infection Prevention and Control Bev Tabernacle trying out SureWash

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