The Trust’s infection prevention & control (IPC) team held a week of interactive and informative events in October in support of International infection prevention week.
International infection prevention week, which runs from 21 – 25 October, is an opportunity for healthcare professionals to focus on infection control, remind themselves of best practice and highlight the importance of adhering to IPC procedures at all times.
The team held two information days, at Fieldhead in Wakefield and Mount Vernon hospital in Barnsley and placed information boards at Dewsbury hospital, the Dales unit in Halifax and Kendray hospital in Barnsley. During the events the team shared their work plans for the coming year and highlighted how they can support staff with IPC procedures and measures. There were also a number of information stands at the events – giving staff the opportunity to find out about new initiatives within the IPC agenda.
Staff who attended the events were also invited to enter an infection control crossword quiz to test their knowledge and awareness of infection control procedures – in a light hearted way. The quiz was won by Trudy Warner business operations officer, Sharon Oliver, senior clinical pharmacist and Alan Ryding, risk assessment officer, who was received a £10 gift voucher. Check your answers to the IPC crossword quiz against this completed version
Service users, carers and staff have the right to expect care to be delivered in an environment where risks are proactively reduced and the prevention and control of infections is seen to be a high priority throughout the Trust. The infection prevention and control team can help staff to implement IPC measures to minimize the risks and stop the spread of infections, as well as providing advice, training and updates on current infection control procedures.
Not all hospital infection is avoidable but a lot of infection can be prevented.
For many common infections, early recognition and prompt action can reduce the spread of disease, the severity of illness and the number of people infected. Infection prevention and control is everybody’s responsibility and we can all do our bit to prevent germs spreading.