Celebration of World Hand Hygiene Day: Charles-Nicolle Hospital in all-out awareness mode

Celebration of World Hand Hygiene Day: Charles-Nicolle Hospital in all-out awareness mode
Celebration of World Hand Hygiene Day: Charles-Nicolle Hospital in all-out awareness mode

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In addition to the day dedicated to raising awareness and training staff and patients, the hospital management and the various partner institutions and associations are working on continuous monitoring and awareness raising in the hospital’s various departments.

On the occasion of the celebration of World Hand Hygiene Day, a day of awareness and training for the benefit of medical and para-medical personnel was organized yesterday at the Charles-Nicolle hospital in Tunis, in the presence of several officials from the Ministry of Health. Patients also benefited from awareness-raising actions through an information campaign launched by the general management of the hospital which set up a tent housing several activities including entertainment at the entrance to the hospital. Hospital staff were on hand to give patients all the information on the issue of hand hygiene and its impact on the health of the various stakeholders in this hospital establishment in the heart of the capital.

The general director of the Charles Nicolle hospital, Souad Sedraoui, insisted, during her speech at the opening of the training workshops for staff, on the importance of involving patients in these prevention efforts, recalling the Covid-19 pandemic and the compulsory adherence of patients to the prevention of the spread of the virus in their respective environments through, in particular, hand washing and maintaining good hand hygiene to stop the spread of this virus. She also indicated that the training workshops are open for the benefit of all medical and paramedical staff, in addition to those at the hospital. “We attach great importance to these efforts to raise awareness among staff, all categories combined, in order to have very good hand hygiene in the various departments of the hospital. Hence a whole system of awareness and continuous monitoring in this area in all the hospital departments of our institution. We carry out a permanent evaluation of the results in order to develop our methods and guarantee the optimal quality of hand hygiene, one of the main vectors of transmission of microbes and viruses between patients and medical and paramedical personnel, as well as to external environment of the hospital. Through the various workshops, we have concocted the different steps and methods to be followed by the working staff to have total adherence to good practices in terms of hand hygiene and overall hygiene.she concludes.

During the information morning, citizens, interested in the subject, did not hesitate to ask the staff present for explanations. Questions were duly answered and practical sheets and information flyers were distributed. It is true that the involvement of citizens and particularly patients plays an important role in such awareness campaigns.

Good practices for everyone

Picking up on this aspect, Alya Jebri, head of the anesthesia-resuscitation department and head of the infection prevention and control team at Charles-Nicolle hospital, also highlighted the importance of patient awareness.

According to her, he must be involved in these infection prevention efforts since he is an important link in this chain of transmission. And to add: “This day was declared, a few years ago, World Hand Hygiene Day by the World Health Organization, and at the Charles-Nicolle hospital, being aware of the importance of its message, we celebrates every year. For this year, we have chosen to celebrate it on May 6, since May 5 falls on a Sunday, so we have included the patient in this awareness campaign. We opted to broaden our scope of action during this campaign to raise awareness among as many people as possible. And the patient is actually involved in infection prevention efforts, in addition to the medical and paramedical staff. We started today with an open day at the entrance to the hospital to raise awareness among as many people as possible about good hand hygiene and I’m not going to say just hand washing. In part, we rely on the methods of washing and applying hydro-alcoholic solutions. Likewise, we explain the importance of this hand hygiene to avoid the transmission of germs and others, not only to patients but to the entire community. As for the second part of the day, we have put together six training workshops with different methods including virtual and practical simulations for medical and paramedical staff. Before that, we organized conferences with key messages around what is to be remembered and which exists in procedures already applied in the hospital and in technical sheets displayed in all departments. But through these workshops whose techniques are innovative, in particular games and simulations, we wanted to check what is done and correct if there are persistent errors, and above all to remind people of the importance of hand hygiene. different hospital staff.

Training and assessment continuously

For Jabri, the organization of efforts and the reminder of procedures are important in this perspective of prevention, and it is the quality approach which is most important to maintain these good practices in view of the various changes that can be made with personnel who changes, managers who rotate, etc. The goal, according to her, is for these good practices to become second nature to medical and paramedical staff. Jebri indicated that for this the Charles-Nicolle hospital has opted for a system of monitoring and continuing training across all services. “Last year, we trained more than two hundred hospital staff and supervisors, she explains.

And it was targeted training in each department, in addition to continuing training for everyone. This program is annual and we take current topics.

Then the infection prevention and control team for which I am responsible monitors methods and practices in all departments with training adjusted according to needs and changes in best practices. There is a lot of coordination and field work to do this. This team has been set up since 2022, and we remain in continuity with a more structured team currently comprising a nurse and two hygiene technicians under my responsibility and we have ten referents including one in each hospital department. Every year, an entire evaluation is carried out and a complete action plan is drawn up according to the priorities of the institution and the hygiene aspect is always a priority.concludes Jebri.

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