Sandwell General teaches children infection prevention

Children on the wards of Sandwell General Hospital have joined the fight against infectious bugs. An event was held recently to teach the children and their parents about key infection prevention messages. Glitter in flour and water, jelly, paint and bubbles were all used, not only to catch the attention of young visitors to the inpatient day assessment ward, but to teach them to wash their hands properly with the help from hospital staff. Organiser and infection control champion, Jo Maher, said:" We wanted something that was more interactive for children to take part in. Often the messages are there for adults and colleagues and children are left out. Once we had shown the children how to wash their hands properly we used UV light boxes to demonstrate where germs can still be found lurking."