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Hand hygiene in the limelight 

Birmingham Community Healthcare's (BCHC) infection prevention and control team have been shining a light on the importance of hand washing this week, by taking part in a national torch relay.

The event, initiated by the Infection Prevention Society (IPS), has seen healthcare and patient organisations around the UK take turns in  carrying the torch, in an collective effort to raise awareness of the importance of hand hygiene.

BCHC’s infection prevention and control team was handed the baton on Monday 11 July and have been taking it to meetings and events Trust-wide. 

Infection Prevention Lead Josie McHale-Owen said: “Having the torch puts hand hygiene in the ‘limelight’. Hand washing with an effective technique is the single most important way of preventing infection, so being part of this relay is a welcome way to bring the message home.”

The UK tour kicked off in May as the World Health Organisation (WHO) launched their ‘See Your Hands’ campaign. The torch will end its journey on 26 September 2016 at the first day of Infection Prevention 2016 Conference in Harrogate.

For more information:

http://www.ips.uk.net/education-events/hand-hygiene-torch-tour-2016#.V4dUK0srIdU

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Josie McHale-Owen (second left) pictured with nurses from Moseley Hall Hospital
Josie McHale-Owen (second left) pictured with nurses from Moseley Hall Hospital
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Dental nurses at the new hospital with the IPC hand hygiene torch
Dental nurses at Birmingham Dental Hospital take their turn with the torch