The Infection Prevention Society (IPS) Hand Hygiene Torch paid a visit to Coventry City Council’s Lord Mayor last week to help raise awareness of hand hygiene.
University Hospital's Coventry and Warwickshire Infection Prevention Team accompanied the torch to promote not only the importance of hand hygiene but also their pride in Coventry, the hospital and its achievements.
The Hand Hygiene Torch Tour began on 5 May and involved the transfer of a torch around the UK and Ireland originally, however the torch has since travelled internationally to America, Malta, Hong Kong and many other countries as part of a social media campaign.
The IPS paid a visit to Coventry and Coventry’s Lord Mayor, Cllr Lindsley Harvard. IPS decided to continue Coventry’s Olympic legacy and focus on the sporting achievements within the city, and the IPS torch crossed paths with the 2012 Olympic Torch.
The Lord Mayor of Coventry, Cllr Lindsley Harvard, said: “It’s really great that the Infection Prevention Team from UHCW NHS Trust came to visit Coventry and spread awareness of the importance of handwashing to combat the spread of infection, especially in an age when some bacterial infections cannot be combatted by antibiotics.”
The campaign aims to highlight the importance of handwashing and raise awareness microbial resistance. It’s estimated that 8 out of 10 infectious diseases are spread by touch and it’s estimated that handwashing can reduce the risk of respiratory infections by 16%.
Kate Prevc, Modern Matron of Infection Prevention and Control, said: “In the present environment where we are not producing new antibiotics, we are seeing increasingly resistant strains of bacteria where antibiotics will not be as effective, so in future our reliance will be on infection prevention measures to stop us spreading infections, and the most important thing we can do to stop infections spreading is handwashing properly.”
The Torch’s journey can be tracked on Twitter, following @ uhcw_inf_con and the hashtag #IPSTorchTour16