13 Jul 2018 | Patient Safety Week
When: 4 to 10 November 2018
Theme: Infection prevention and control – the importance of good hand hygiene/are you giving germs a hand?
Planning for Patient Safety Week 2018 is well underway. The topic this year is infection prevention and control with a specific focus on good hand hygiene. This year we are partnering with the Ministry of Health and ACC to promote the week. We have had two meetings of our sector ‘ideas group’ and they have given some valuable input into development and refinement of our resources.
Activity for the week will take place between 4 and 10 November, however we will also be running a nationwide poster competition in schools from August, and the winner will be announced during PSW 2018. The competition is aimed at children in years five to eight and asks them to create a poster about the importance of hand hygiene in preventing antimicrobial resistance.
The focus for the public will be ‘hand hygiene’, and for the sector that ‘good hand hygiene helps stop the spread of antibiotic resistant infections’. The week following Patient Safety Week is World Antibiotic Awareness Week, and for that week we will continue the focus on minimising antimicrobial resistance (AMR), so continued hand hygiene promotion will be relevant.
The theme of hand hygiene/AMR has been chosen because:
The aim of the promotion is to encourage consumers to understand why hand hygiene is important for their health and the health of others; and to encourage health professionals to practice good hand hygiene for consumers.
We have used an illustrator to develop the look and feel of our resources as well as some ‘bug’ characters which you’ll see used throughout the week. We are testing the resources with consumers and clinicians, before they are finalised. An example of these is included here.
Using illustrations enables us to simply and visually communicate key messages to audience groups in an informative and respectful way.
These characters will be able to be used in a number of ways, including animation.
Based on feedback from previous years, we are taking a ‘less is more’ approach when it comes to resources. Using the creative in various ways, we are developing the following:
A major promotion for the week will be the poster competition being run in primary schools across the country. Judging will take place and the winner announced during Patient Safety Week.
District health boards and other providers will be invited to place orders for the resources they would like. The order form will be available in September. Some numbers may be capped for budget reasons.
We are planning to use social media (paid and unpaid) to communicate with consumers and health professionals.
One idea is to post a ‘bug of the day’ on social media encouraging interaction and social engagement by asking simple questions about each bug eg, where is it commonly found? What is the name of the bug? And posting the answer later in the day. We will also encourage retweeting and sharing of the posts by asking a question eg, ‘like’ for yes or ‘share’ for no. The animations could appear on websites as well as social media.
We’ll be spending the next few months working these ideas up further and establishing which of them we are able to do.
Resource orders open: 10 September 2018
Resource orders close: 26 September 2018
Resources delivered: 22–29 October 2018
Patient Safety Week: 4–11 November 2018
We encourage you to contact us with any ideas you have for promoting hand hygiene and antimicrobial resistance in your workplace. We will do a lucky draw (for a staff morning tea) from all Patient Safety Week competition ideas that are received by 10 August. We’ll share these ideas nationwide to help everyone in their planning.