Updated: 05/06/2014 02:10

SGH launches new policy to improve hygiene

SGH launches new policy to improve hygiene

The Singapore General Hospital or SGH has implemented a new policy to improve hygiene among its staff. 

Those who interact with patients in areas like consultation rooms in outpatient clinics are not allowed to wear accessories below the elbows. 

Staff are not allowed to wear watches when performing sterile procedures. 

They will need to use retractable nametag holders instead of lanyards. 

Long sleeves will have to be rolled up above the elbows. 

And those wearing ties will have to use either a tie clip or opt for a bow tie instead. 

Director of Infection Control at SGH, Dr Ling Moi Lin says the new policy is to minimise any infection risk. 

"Accessories hinder proper cleaning. Like wearing a bangle or fancy rings. Because, it's known that bacteria could hide in those places. And so, if you don't clean your hands properly and you don't really clean your bangles, you could actually have that source of bacteria and in terms of transmission to another patient."

Dr Ling hopes to increase the hospital's hand hygiene compliance rate to 90 per cent from the current 80 per cent in next two years.

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