Hand hygiene is considered the single most important method of preventing cross infection.
Here at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust we follow the National Patient Safety Agency guidelines – ‘The Five Moments for Hand Hygiene’ which talks about the need to clean hands before and after touching patients and / or their surroundings.
It is important to clean your hands when you enter and leave the ward or clinical area. There are two methods available for cleaning hands in our hospital:
What are we doing here at the Trust to ensure good hand hygiene compliance?
Senior nursing staff carry out monthly hand hygiene audits to ensure that staff are maintaining good practice.
Bare below the elbow
In line with Department of Health requirements, the Trust follows a ‘bare below the elbow’ policy for staff in clinical areas.
Hand hygiene awareness
If you have any concerns or queries about hand hygiene please feel free to speak to a member of staff.
Here at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust we have a hand cleansing product in use called Foam Hand Sanitiser
It is placed at all entrances into the Trust and in all clinical areas, including at the end of most of our hospital beds
It is advisable to use the hand sanitiser directly before and after visiting your relative or friend
Hand sanitiser works very well against many viruses and bacteria, including Flu and MRSA
However, it doesn’t kill the germs that cause diarrhoea, so please remember to use soap and water to clean your hands when you or your loved ones have diarrhoea
Remember also that it only works on hands that look clean and therefore visible dirt must always be removed by washing with soap and water
It needs to be rubbed over all surfaces of the hands and allowed to dry – if you don’t let it dry, it won’t work!
It isn’t meant to be used after using the toilet or directly before eating – it is much better to use soap and water or detergent wipes for these purposes.
Soap and Water
Soap and water can be used for cleaning your hands at any time during your visit to the Trust. Hand washing sinks for this purpose are available in clinical areas around the Trust.
It is particularly important to use the soap and water method:
When using soap and water you could think about the following:
If you have any concerns / queries around hand hygiene in the Trust please speak to a member of staff.