Doha- 20 October, 2018, Al Emadi Hospital, in line with its commitment preventing the spread of infection in the healthcare sector, joined the World Health Organization (WHO) in celebration of the Infection prevention & Control Week on October 20, 2018, that was held this year under the title: “Protecting Patients Everywhere”.
The participation in the initiative was through an awareness campaign held at the Outpatient Clinics building at Al Emadi Hospital in the presence of the Hospital’s staff, patients, families and their children.
The highlights of the celebration included screening videos about importance of hand hygiene and hand sanitizing showcasing the correct WHO defined steps on how to do hand rub, in addition to distribution of flyers about the best ways to prevent infection and the ‘How, Why and When’ of hand hygiene, stick-on colorful badges and free hand sanitizers were distributed to all who visited the booth and demonstrated the correct hand hygiene technique. Large number participated in the activity, not only from Al Emadi Hospital’s healthcare providers and staff but also from patients and families including children.
Al Emadi Hospital is always keen to participate in this initiative as Patient safety is at the heart of Al Emadi Hospital’s commitment to the public – it is a way of life for every staff at the Hospital, and when we improve our hand hygiene compliance, we are reducing the likelihood of infection transmission thereby promoting safer care and saving lives. Infection prevention is everyone’s responsibility: Each one of us—patients, families, and healthcare personnel—has an important role to play in keeping patients safe from infection. Whether you’re in a healthcare facility or in the community, there are things healthcare professionals, patients, and family members can do to stay safe from infections. Said Dr. Mohamed Abdulla Al Emadi, Chairman and Senior Consultant General and Laparoscopic and Bariatric surgery at Al Emadi Hospital.
One of the major objectives of the campaign is provide support to help prevent spread of infectious diseases through evidence-based infection control measures in health care settings, and to educate and raise awareness among the community and healthcare practitioners about the infection control practices and its importance in their daily routine. Educational materials was distributed to participants on the importance of, Hand Hygiene and the ABC of Antibiotics, the Do’s / Don’ts for Personal protective Equipment’s, the Infection Control guidelines – For Patients & For Healthcare practitioners, Cough Etiquette, Healthcare associated infections, Importance of vaccinations and immunization, and correct ways of handling needle stick injuries.
The campaign aims to galvanize action at the point of care to demonstrate best ways to prevent infections and ensure patient safety. It also aims to demonstrate the world’s commitment to this priority area of healthcare.