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 Winners of 2016 Provincial Hand Hygiene Competition

The practice of adherence to hand hygiene is a fundamental infection prevention strategy for breaking the chain of transmission. It is simple, most cost effective but adherence has been found to be poor. Further, due to the emergence of multi-drug resistant organisms locally and internationally, the old saying of prevention rather than cure has been proven to hold true.

The Provincial Infection Prevention and Control Directorate have teamed up with the rest of the world to promote adherence to hand hygiene. World Hand Hygiene Day is held on the 5th of May annually. The theme for 2016 is hand hygiene supports safe surgical care. An annual competition is held for the private and public sector. The competition comprises a campaign and poster category, for which a floating trophy and prizes were awarded.

An overwhelming number of entries were received. The effort and extent that was put into promoting hand hygiene was impressive. For the campaign, facilities were judged on adherence to the theme for 2016, community involvement, sustainability of the campaign and the different mechanisms that were employed in the campaign. Posters were judged on the adherence to the theme, originality, neatness and wow factor.

Number of entries:
Public campaign: 45
Public Poster: 35
Private campaign: 21
Private poster: 15

A highly successful IPC Forum was held on the 7th of June 2016. The atmosphere was exciting and the high level of anticipation could be felt. Whilst there could be only one winner for the day, the ultimate winner is our patients as all these effort contribute to providing a high level of patient care. The Provincial IPC Directorate wishes thanks all those that forge ahead with making this programme a success, despite obvious challenges. Participants are also thanked for their efforts and support of the provincial campaign. Congratulations to our winners

Campaign winner: Bruntville CHC
1st: Keith Ruthanum
2nd: Richmond hospital
3rd: Stanger Hospital

Campaign winner: Gateway Hospital
1st: Shelly Beach
2nd: Mediclinic

Commendations went to the following:
Umsunduzi Bridge Clinic and Peacevale Clinic -Ethekwini District: for their community involvement and making community care givers (CCGs) part of their campaign.

Northdale Hospital: for adherence to the theme.

St Augustine Hospital: for production of a creative video for the campaign

The next campaign will be held in November with a focus on Antibiotic Stewardship

View the winning posters

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