In October 2004 the Matrons Charter was launched which was an Action Plan for Cleaner Hospitals.
This was a 21st century work plan based on a 19th century instruction from Florence Nightingale!
The charter set out ten broad principles for delivering cleaner hospitals. It was aimed at all staff in the NHS, whatever their role, and was shared with patients and visitors, to involve them in plans for improvement and to gather feedback.
It outlined the commitments needed to establish a cleanliness culture across the NHS and made clear the roles and responsibilities for achieving, monitoring and reporting on standards of cleanliness. It included the need for infection control education for all and the need for investment of resources which deliver real improvement in standards.
That was 10 years ago and Florence Nightingale died in 1910 but the fact remains that hand hygiene is the single most important measure for preventing the spread of infection. Where ever you go in any healthcare environment such as a hospital, doctor’s surgery or dentist there are posters stressing the importance of washing your hands thoroughly and frequently.
The NHS have spent millions of pounds investing in training and educating their employees to the importance of keeping hands hygienic and free from contamination and they know by washing your hands you can prevent:
- Diarrhoea and vomiting
- Food poisoning
It is also acknowledged that these germs and bacteria can live for significant periods of time on a hard surface such as a door handle. Surprisingly in all this time no one has come up with a simple solution of hands free passage through a door and avoiding hand to handle contamination..
That is until now and that is where the low cost StepNpull® The Foot Handle could potentially save unimaginable costs resulting in hand to handle germ transfer
StepNpull® The Foot Handle
Pulls doors open with your foot, keeps clean hands clean!
Eliminates 100% of handle-to-hand germ transfer!
Effective to help prevent the spread of infection!
It is believed that health care associated infection (HCAI) costs the NHS at least £1 billion however the full economic burden is inestimable. Here is an innovative opportunity that could potentially save lives!