The Trust will continue to aim to deliver quality healthcare services safely with infection prevention at its core. However, germs can be brought into wards and departments by anyone and they can be spread to other people. Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust takes the prevention and control of infection very seriously and it has a dedicated infection prevention team, who work closely with staff to help advise where and how people with specific infections should be cared for, depending on the type of germ or infection concerned.
All Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust staff receives regular Infection prevention training and are kept up-to-date with how to protect the people who use our services, visitors and themselves.
Our staff takes infections seriously and are committed to keeping our service users as safe and healthy as possible.
Remember, its ok to ask any member of staff if they have washed their hands or used the hand gel!
A growing number of infections – such as MRSA (Meticillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus), and Carbapenem- resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) are becoming harder to treat as the antibiotics used to treat them become less effective.
Our efforts to reduce these Infections, across our hospitals continue to be a top priority.
We continue to reduce healthcare acquired infections (HAIs) by improving our use of antibiotics and by creating an environment and culture whereby our staff understand the importance of ensuring wards and patient areas are clean and that we all practice good infection prevention and hygiene when caring for our patients.
All staff, both clinical and non-clinical, must complete mandatory infection prevention training. Our staff are encouraged to be vigilant and report cleanliness issues. We routinely ask patients and visitors to use the hand gel provided when coming onto the wards and departments .
Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust ask visitors to use the hand gel found at the entrance to all wards and departments. It should be applied every time you enter and leave the ward or department. Effective hand hygiene is the cornerstone of safe patient care. Hands are the most common vehicle for the spread of infection. The purpose of hand hygiene is to remove dirt and/or to reduce the level of organisms on the hands.
We would also ask our patients to follow the 5 simple steps below as a guide for when to clean your hands. The ward hand wash basins are available to patients and visitors as well as the hand gel at every bed. Moist hand wipes are also available for use BEFORE you eat your meal. Bring a container of moist hand-wipes with you, to ensure you always have some available when you need to clean your hands.
It is important that you shower/bathe especially on the day of surgery. Bring personal toiletries including soap and a clean flannel with you. Please do not share your toiletries with other patients. Gentlemen should bring their own razor to shave. Keeping your teeth clean is also key to preventing bacteria in the mouth causing infections.
Drinking fluids is crucial to staying healthy and maintaining the function of every system in your body, including your heart, brain, and muscles. Fluids carry nutrients to your cells, flush bacteria from your bladder, and prevent constipation.
The recommended amount to drink each day is 1.5 to 2 litres or 6 to 8 glasses of fluids, spread evenly throughout the day.
How to tell if you’re dehydrated
- Feeling thirsty
- A dry mouth, lips and eyes
- Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
- Muscle cramps
- Feeling tired
Hints and tips to stay hydrated
- Fruits and vegetables are great sources of water. Eat these daily to stay hydrated and maintain your health and wellbeing
- Keep a water bottle handy to encourage you to drink water wherever and whenever
- Remember to drink more when you exercise or spend time in hot environments
- Set reminders on your phone, watch or email to drink a glass or water regularly
- Add a slice of lemon, lime and/or basil to your water to give it some extra flavour
Check the colour of your urine against the colour chart to see if you’re drinking enough fluids throughout the day.
If your urine matches 1 to 3 then you are adequately hydrated.
If your urine matches 4 to 7 then you are dehydrated and you need to drink more.
Please be aware that certain foods, medications and vitamin supplements can change the colour of your urine.