Meal tray initiative to raise awareness of infection prevention

A NURSE is helping tackle the spread of hospital infections by designing new patient meal tray covers to help highlight key messages.

Liz Dobson-Bell, infection prevention and control nurse, is using the special tray covers to promote hot topics such as hand hygiene, hydration, avoiding clutter at bedsides and flu awareness.

It is being used in different clinical areas across the University Hospital of North Tees and University Hospital of Hartlepool.

This is with help from the catering team who print and distribute the leaflets.

Liz said: “We all need to contribute towards the helping stop the spread of infections across our hospitals – whether that is staff, visitors or patients.

“These meal tray covers are a fantastic way of highlighting key messages to our patients and raising awareness of things they may not have considered.

“For example, some people may not be aware that staying hydrated helps keep your kidneys and bladder healthy and help prevent infection.

“Simple messages have a powerful impact – washing your hands is proven to be the most effective way of stopping the spread of infection. Sadly, one in five people don’t regularly wash their hands.

“We also need to be aware that items such as phones and bags can carry up to 30,000 bacteria per square inch.

“The campaign has proven to be very successful so far and feedback from patients has been positive.”

Colin Chapman, head of catering, said: “When Liz came to me with the idea I thought it was a fantastic way to promote positive messages to our patients.

“We were delighted to support this great initiative.”

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