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In addition to my recent discussion of Hand Hygiene posters on display at ICPIC 2013 Jon Otter has provded a great blog overview here

Due to the hectic schedule poor Jon didn’t get to visit a single poster…so for him, and for anyone else who didn’t get a chance to visit either the Poster exhibit or ICPIC 2013 – here is my poster, discussing “Technologies to measure hand hygiene: examining the incorporation of the World Health Organisation (WHO) 5 moments“.   A link to the abstract can be found here, courtesy of an Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control supplement.

The poster provides an overview of Studies 1 and 2 which explored the current state of measuring Hand Hygiene within an NHS acute setting, and then the potential of technologies as an alternative or complementary method for providing measurment. Whilst Study 1 found limitations in the current process led to perceptions of “Meaningless Data”, Study 2 found current technologies failed a purpose designed “fit-for-purpose” assessment, yet may offer a facility to provide “Meaningful Data”.

ICPIC 2013 provided an interesting opportunity to share these studies with researchers, practioners and experts in the IPCT field, and the incoporation of the global WHO 5 Moments guidelines allowed a common starting point for discussion.  I was particualrly enthused to hear of the findings of the WHO’s systematic review on Electronic Surveillance, presented by Benedetta Allegranzi, which agreed that current systems do not yet have the capabilities to monitor all WHO 5 Moments, and whilst they offer benefits further research is required before a such innovations are adopted as standard.

Indulgent "Holiday Snap"!

Indulgent “Holiday Snap”!

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Very quick post, to happily announce that I have safely made it to Zagreb for the IFIC12 Conference, where I will be attending my Poster Why do you wash your hands? Does the solution to hand hygiene compliance lie in understanding different types of hand hygiene behaviour – inherent and elective?’  

If you are attending this years Congress please feel free to view my Poster throughout the event, and pop by and say hello during the attended session on Thursday lunchtime.

Attached to this post is a copy of the Poster from IPS2012, which I have finally got round to uploading.  I shall do the same with the IFIC12 one when I return to the UK. And have run a Marathon. But more on that later in the week….

IPS Poster: Exploring Human Behaviour and Technology in NHS Hand Hygiene Auditing    (or as I see it, a whistle-stop tour of my PhD to date….).

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The past two days saw me taking my research off to a wider audience via the Health Protection Agency annual conference which was held at the Warwick Arts Centre, located at my own University; very handy for me logistics wise…!

I had a great time, engaging in great discussions via Twitter – taking a guess at using #HPA2012 as a hashtag, as there was no official one being flagged up to start…I’m quite new to Twitter, so not sure if this is standard….but we got there in the end, and I made some wonderful contacts leading to very engaging face-to-face chats. A perfect blend of Social Media and Conference opportunity.

My Poster – The Potential Role of Technology to Improve Hand Hygiene Auditing and prevent Hospital Acquired Gastrointestinal Infections – can be seen here – and is a rather whirlwind tour of my PhD research from start to (almost) finish, with an angle focus on Clostridium Difficile (C.difficile), as the particular stream I was engaging with for this conference was Gastrointestinal Infection – however the PhD itself is not necessarily only focussing on the link between Hand Hygiene and C.difficile as a justification for the importance of the former.

Great interest was shown in all aspects of the work, with different people honing in on different aspects – some on the actual technology examples themselves, others on the topic of auditing as a whole, and many being particularly interested in the concept of “splitting” the “5 Moments” into different behavioural categories; Inherent and Elective.  This latter topic, the focus of my future work, is also featuring more heavily on my next poster, now ready for the Infection Prevention Society (IPS) conference at the beginning of October – and I am looking forward immensely to gathering more views and thoughts during those few days. And before then, it’s back to data collection and analysis…!

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My Poster in the Sunshine (2nd left)

I had a great time yesterday, sharing my PhD research with over 70 other researchers at the 2012 Vitae Midlands Hub Poster Competition, held at The_Herbert Art Gallery in Coventry.  We managed to have the event on the (seemingly) only sunny day this month so far, and the venue was superb (see photos, taken from the lovely people at Warwickrssp!) – great space for all the Posters, an interesting taster session re: The Engaging Researcher, and time to visit the various exhibitions within the Gallery and the historic Cathedral opposite.  Delightfully there was also tea and cake. Twice. Need I say more….?

Speaking about my research was certainly an enjoyable experience, it is a strangely unusual chance to be able to share your work with ‘new’ audiences; often in research you speak with people in your own field, either experts you are asking for advice, participants you are engaging with during research, or peers you are sharing research experiences with.

New Audiences

At events such as this one, the audiences are hugely varied, I spoke with people with backgrounds in Biology, NHS administration, high-end Manufacturing, Retail, Catering and Rail Networks on the Island of Sodor. Admittedly the last person was 3 and highly knowledgeable on Thomas the Tank Engine; but as was pointed out earlier in the day, if you can explain your research to the under 9s, then you should have no problem explaining it to anyone else.This is a conversation I had earlier in the week with my own on-call Young Expert (5), when I told them what I was up to later in the week.

Young Expert: Why does that hand look funny?

Me: Because it needs washing.  Do you wash your hands?

Ye: Mmmm. Sometimes. When they’re muddy.

Me: That’s great. And does Mummy tell you to wash your hands lots of times? Even when they’re not muddy…?

YE: Mmm.

Me: Well that’s what I’m doing. I’m seeing when people need to be told to wash their hands, even when they’re not muddy!

YE: By Mummies…? 

Me: Well….maybe not by Mummies. They’re probably quite busy. But we’ll think of something, won’t we…?

YE: Robot Mummies!

So there you have it…out of the mouths of the young. Keep an eye out for Robot Mummies, coming to a Hospital near you…! 

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 Had a great time at the University of Warwick Postgraduate Poster event this week, managed to get lots of people thinking – and talking – about Hand Hygiene,  which is always good fun.  A brilliant image of a hand contaminated with C.diff spores seems to do the trick nicely….

Presenting Research Poster at PGR event May 2012

 

Thanks to fellow Ph.D. researcher SJ for being the official WMG photographer for the day!

 

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English: Buttercups ((Ranunculus repens) A fie...

After a great morning spent at UHCW on Friday shadowing the Hand Hygiene Audit process (thank you to my brilliant facilitator!!), the weekend of sunshine was thoroughly enjoyed – strolls down country lanes, a lazy picnic by a duck pond, and a walk through fields of buttercups and growing crops – there are few better ways to keep the energy levels up during a research project, surely…?

 And today kicked off in a similarly good theme, as I have had my Poster Abstract accepted for the Health Protection Agency (HPA) Conference which will take place in September, located here at the University of Warwick. 

My poster, entitled “The Potential Role of Technology to Improve Hand Hygiene Auditing and prevent Hospital Acquired Gastrointestinal Infections” addresses the key question –

Do current technologies measure healthcare professional Hand Hygiene compliance accurately and at appropriate moments, thus helping to reduce Hospital Acquired Gastrointestinal Infections?”

and will provide a ‘story so far’ update as to the research involving Healthcare Professionals this summer at UHCW.

Things are looking good!

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