New hygiene training device trialled at Craigavon Hospital

Katherine Walsh and her son Finn pictured with the new hand-hygiene training unit being trialled at Craigavon Area Hospital. Also pictured are Angela McVeigh, Southern Trust Acting Executive Director of Nursing and Barbara Soye, Infection Control Nurse.
Katherine Walsh and her son Finn pictured with the new hand-hygiene training unit being trialled at Craigavon Area Hospital. Also pictured are Angela McVeigh, Southern Trust Acting Executive Director of Nursing and Barbara Soye, Infection Control Nurse.

A CUTTING-EDGE new mobile unit that delivers hand-hygiene training has been trialled recently in some wards at Craigavon Area Hospital.

‘SureWash’ is a portable, electronic hand-hygiene training and assessment unit as Colin Clarke, Southern Trust Lead Infection Prevention & Control Nurse explains:

“The unit uses camera, video and graphics to deliver hand-hygiene training and assessment. The camera at the top of the unit sees what the staff member’s hands are doing as they are hand washing. SureWash analyses this information and feed-back is given to the user in real time on the screen.”

Colin added: “The aim during the trial was to engage with staff at ward level and get them to use the mobile device whilst also providing information about hand washing. The units were located on the ward to remind staff to refresh their hand-hygiene training and staff were able to train and be assessed frequently and independently at any time of the day or night.”

Colin finished by saying: “A lot of staff did get involved with the training and having these units in the hospital definitely did raise awareness of the importance of hand hygiene among staff, patients and visitors. We will now look at feedback/results from the trial to see what benefits these devices might deliver for our patients and staff before potentially securing the funding to go ahead and purchase some.

The Southern Trust has some of the lowest levels of infection in Northern Ireland. However, we are always looking to do more to tackle infections - taking steps like properly cleaning hands when in hospital greatly reduces the spread of infections to vulnerable patients.”