Guyana Help The Kids

Hand Hygiene Program

In 2012, a Hand Hygiene Programme was launched through Guyana Help The Kids GHTK in collaboration with the World Health Organisation’s standards for the “Five Moments For Hand Hygiene”, to create awareness of the importance of good hand hygiene practices within the NICU. The programme was conducted by Dr. Katherine Runkle from the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto Canada over a period of three years

The Programme was delivered through:

  • On Site Workshops at GPHC, Linden, New Amsterdam, Suddie and West Demerara Regional Hospitals.
  • The “Five Moments For Hand Hygiene” Posters were provided to all sites.
  • Surveillance data was shared with the management and staff of each site.

Dr. Runkle’s data was also shared with the management at the Ministry of Public Health and GPHC. The data further identified gaps within the system which at that time was a key component to the infection rates recorded at GPHC. GHTK responded by providing Hand Dryers, Soap Dispensers, Garbage bins and over a 100 cases of Hand sanitizers, CAVI wipes and non-sterile/sterile gloves for the NICUs.

As the Programme advanced the infection rates dropped with the recorded data identifying an overall success rate of 61%. The recorded compliance component was – 50% for nurses and 75% collectively for residents/GMOs/interns and medical students.

Further efforts to address infection control lead to the GHTK assisting the main laboratory at GPHC with blood screening media as part of a pilot project to identify and isolate which bacteria was responsible for the sick babies in the NICU and to target those with treatments.  GHTK also worked with GPHC to create platforms between GPHC and Professional Consultants in that area of expertise.