NEW infection-busting door handles have been installed at Scarborough and Bridlington Hospitals as part of a pilot project.
The hygienic door handles have been installed in toilets in public areas of the hospitals as well as being trialled on Oak and Maple Wards.
The state-of-the-art door handles come with an automatic sleeve dispenser, which covers the door handle with a clean film of protective plastic every time it’s used.
Donna Winter, clinical nurse specialist in infection prevention and control, said: “One of the things that patients say to us is that they feel uncomfortable touching a toilet door handle that’s been used by someone who hasn’t washed their hands.
“With this system they feel reassured that the door handles are clean. Any technology which may help us in our fight against hospital acquired Infections is always welcomed.
“The project has been very successful at other trusts including Epsom and St Helier and it is the latest proactive measure that we have introduced as part of our continued commitment to infection prevention and control.”
Andrew Bennett, Head of Estates and Capital Services, said: “This is another initiative which demonstrates that the trust is serious about infection control.
“Simple actions can have an impact on infection control but also on how our patients and visitors feel about the trust and the hospital.
“These new handles mean that any time you touch the door handle you know that no-one else’s hands have been there.
“If the pilot proves popular we will look at rolling the scheme out across the whole trust.”
The trust is also exploring trialling infection-busting toilet seats.