Hand Sanitising Relay at Broken Hill Hospital – World Hand Hygiene Day

Public invited to help promote hand hygiene and disease prevention on World Hand Hygiene Day

The Far West Local Health District is inviting the public to join with staff in a ‘Hand Sanitising Relay’ at the Broken Hill Hospital on Friday, 3 June to celebrate World Hand Hygiene Day and raise awareness of the importance of good hand cleaning practices.

The Hand Sanitising Relay will attempt to get as many health service staff and community participants together in the hospital to perform correct hand hygiene.

“The relay is an initiative of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and is an innovative opportunity to further promote hand hygiene towards patient and health worker safety,” said Karen Kemp, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Far West LHD.

“This is an opportunity to promote the importance of good hand cleaning practices for good health and bring awareness to the community of the importance of disease prevention. Nowhere is this more important than in a hospital setting and it’s something we take very seriously at the Broken Hill Hospital,” said Ms Kemp.

The Relay will be held in the foyer of Broken Hill Health Service on Friday, 3 June starting at 2pm. There will be a free sausage sizzle and face painting from 1.00pm

People wishing to take part are asked to be in the hospital foyer no later than 1.45pm for a 2pm start. All participants will be lined up in the foyer and the relay starts with a person squirting a required amount of alcohol based hand rub on to the next person’s hands. That person performs a hand rub and on completion that person then takes the bottle and squirts it on to the next person’s hands. The relay will then proceed into ward areas so that the clinical staff can participate. It will finish in the foyer.

“We are really looking forward to the day and hope to see as many staff, volunteers and members of the community participating as possible,” said Ms Kemp.

A Hand Hygiene Day colour-in competition is being run in conjunction with the relay. People can colour in the picture and drop it into the entry box at the hospital foyer by Thursday, 2 June. Entries can be collected from the switch board operator. The winners will be announced following the relay and prizes presented.


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