A simple step for patient safety

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Western Sydney Local Health District is reminding health care workers to take a simple step for patient safety on World Hand Hygiene Day (May 5).  

Clinical lead for Infection Control at Westmead Hospital, Dr Patricia Ferguson, said patients deserved safe care when they visited hospitals and hand hygiene was a fundamental part of this.

“Hand hygiene is a simple and highly effective way to ensure patient safety. Correct hand hygiene involves the 5 Moment for Hand Hygiene,” Dr Ferguson said.

“Infections such as MRSA (a bacteria which is resistant to several antibiotics) can be spread or contracted on the hands of the healthcare providers.

“This bacteria can be spread from one patient, or a patient’s environment, to another patient.

“We encourage clinical staff to follow the 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene: before touching a patient, before a procedure, after a procedure or body fluid exposure risk, after touching a patient, and after touching a patient’s surroundings.”

Western Sydney LHD aims for 90% compliance with hand hygiene at each of these 5 Moments.

World Hand Hygiene Day is supported by the Clinical Excellence Commission. For further information click here.