No action today; no cure tomorrow. That’s the go-global message to highlight the role hand hygiene plays in fighting antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
In recent years, a paradigm shift has occurred around the globe that, devastatingly, can never be reversed. Multi-drug resistant pathogens are here to stay. But each and every one of us can play a part in making sure that situation doesn’t worsen. Cleaning our hands is such a simple – yet such a significant – part of the solution.
South West Healthcare takes hand hygiene very seriously. And on every day of the year – not just May 5. Spreading the word 24/7 is our Infection Prevention & Control team which includes SWH Director of Infection Prevention Dr Mark Page, Infection Prevention & Control Consultant Jenny Lukeis and Infection Prevention & Control Nurse Joel Chadwick.
These infection prevention specialists will be in the main foyer of our Warrnambool Base Hospital from 10am – 2pm next Monday (May 5) showing anyone passing through how to clean their hands properly, and showing them the types of germs that exist as a result of poor hand hygiene. They’ll be joined by Healthscope Chief Microbiologist Peter Shipp who’ll be armed with (sealed, for safety) ‘bug plates’ of the types of pathogens causing so many problems for hospitals, patients and the community.
PHOTO: These ‘caged bugs’ will be on show in the hospital foyer on May 5. Here, they’re being checked out by (from left) SWH Infection Prevention & Control Consultant Jenny Lukeis, Director of Infection Prevention Dr Mark Page, Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist Sarah O’Malley, Director of Pharmacy Lisa Spence, Healthscope Chief Microbiologist Peter Shipp, Infection Prevention & Control Nurse Joel Chadwick.