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23 October 2008 - BMI Healthcare hospitals across the country are putting up a national fight against infection risk by holding “BMI GLO-BOX DAYs” to raise awareness of the importance of efficient hand-washing and following other infection control best practice. Events begin this week to celebrate National Infection Control Week and continue through early November.

The events are named GLO-BOX DAYs because people will be encouraged to use a glo-box kit that can illuminate areas of the skin missed after hand washing. Staff will also be asked to take quizzes to test their infection control knowledge. All participating hospitals are competing for a £500 hospital prize to see who will gain the most participation in glo-box tests and highest average staff quiz scores. The winner will be announced in mid-November.

“Infection prevention is taken very seriously within every BMI Healthcare hospital. Each hospital has a dedicated infection control team who follow very strict practices and procedures. This is why our rates of hospital-acquired infections are very, very low. We are holding BMI GLO-BOX DAYs to celebrate the important work our staff do to keep it this way,” said Sue Manning, Head of Infection Prevention and Control at BMI Healthcare.

Hospitals will also be distributing cards with top tips to advise and remind staff, patients and visitors on how they can avoid spreading and acquiring infections, not only whilst in hospital but also at home. BMI Healthcare’s top tips include:

• Eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly and have a good sleep pattern - this helps your immune system
• Remember your hand hygiene, especially before eating, handling food and after using the toilet
• If you have a cold, catch your coughs and sneezes in a tissue, dispose of it carefully and wash your hands
• Always cover cuts and grazes with a waterproof dressing

If visiting patients in hospital:
• Use the hand gels available
• Don’t sit on the beds
• Only visit if healthy yourself

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Notes to editors

To find out where a BMI GLO-BOX DAY is happening in your area and for
• Interviews
• Photographs of the BMI GLO-BOX events

Please contact:
Rosie Allan / Rachel Vrettos
BMI Healthcare Press Office
020 8392 8066
bmihealthcare@rdcomms.com

National Infection Control Week, 20 – 24th October 2008, is held every year to highlight the importance of keeping patients who come into contact with healthcare services safe and free from healthcare associated infections (HCAIs) such as MRSA and Clostridium difficile. For more information please visit http://www.nric.org.uk/IntegratedCRD.nsf/ICWeek2008?OpenForm.

A report by the British Medical Association (BMA) found that while there was no single solution to controlling healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs), the most effective thing hospital staff could do was to keep their hands clean.

BMI Healthcare is the largest independent hospital group in the UK, with more than 2,600 beds and handling over 250,000 inpatient and one million outpatient visits each year. More than 8,000 specialist consultant doctors choose BMI Healthcare hospitals for their private practice and rate its hospitals better than other major hospital groups in the UK. This specialist expertise is supported by caring and professional medical staff, with dedicated nursing teams and a Resident Medical Officer on duty 24 hours a day. For more information on BMI Healthcare please visit www.bmihealthcare.com.


References

http://news.netdoctor.co.uk/news_detail.php?id=15161049

In an independent survey carried out by ORC International amongst BMI consultants in May 2007, consultants rated BMI Healthcare Hospitals better than its competitors in 10 out of 13 categories, including the quality of staff, hospitals’ ambience, patient facilities, perceived hospital cleanliness, level of infection and the quality of hospital management. A sample of 339 consultants rated BMI, and 121 rated competitors.

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