SAFHY seminar in Tartu, 14.09.2017

The SAFHY seminar in Tartu was a success! Representatives from Estonian major hospitals and companies from cleaning service and health care field participated the seminar.

The SAFHY project started in the beginning of September in 2015. During the last two years we have developed multilingual, digital learning material based on curricula alignment for vocational education and training, and work places in health care and cleaning service field.

In the SAFHY seminar the Estonian partners from Puhastusekspert, Tartu Health Care College and Järva County Vocational Training Centre presented the results to the Estonian target group.

Lectures about current topics in cleaning service and health care field were included to the seminar. They were interesting, and the audience showed their interest.


Please find the Tartu SAFHY seminar 14.09.2017 PowerPoint dias of the presentations below

PowerPoint presentation: Tuija Laine ”SAFHY project”

PowerPoint-presentation: Tiina Teder ”Turvalisus ja hügieen haiglas”

PowerPoint presentation: Helge Alt ”Koristustööde kvaliteedi hindamine haiglates”

PowerPoint presentation: ”Psühholoogiline hügieen”

The Practical Nurse Event at Messukeskus in Helsinki 08.09.2017

SAFHY staff visited the Practical Nurse Event on September the 8th, 2017 to present the results of the project. The participants in this event were mainly practical nurses, nurse students and VET teachers. The event is organized every year by the SuPer Union.

Many teachers and students visited our stand during the day. Discussions about digital learning took place, and people also told us about their needs concerning digital learning material. Many people stayed a while and watched SAFHY videos. Students were excited about the material, and after visiting our stand, they searched for their teachers to ask them to visit our stand too. It made us really happy.

The videos seem to interest people the most. There are various possibilities, how to use videos in teaching. For example:

  • to raise students’ interest towards the topic
  • to demonstrate the work before practicing
  • to analyze professionals’ work
  • to learn separate work steps
  • to deepen the knowledge after learning the theory
  • as a bridge between two separate issues, and when moving forward
  • if a student has reading difficulties
  • if a student has comprehension difficulties
  • if a student has concentration difficulties

In a way, videos make learning easier and, without no doubts, more interesting. You can see situations from the real working life, and once you later face them in practice, they look familiar to you. It is easier to adapt different situations, when you have been there before or seen it.

Text, photos, videos, professional vocabulary and the learning tests form a learning package for different kinds of learners.

Nasogastric tube feeding

Did you know that all videos include spoken/read audio texts in all 4 languages: Finnish, Estonian, Russian and English. Below, you can find an example of the video Nasogastric tube feeding.

SAFHY91_audio_text_Nasogastric Tube feeding_16062017

Feeding the patient through a nasogastric tube

Sentence in the text Videotime when the text starts Sentence
01 00.00 Before each feeding or administration of a pharmaceutical
the location of the nasogastric tube is checked by
measuring the acidity of the stomach contents. Before the
administration of the enteral feeding product the
nasogastric tube is flushed with a small amount of water.
02 00.51 The care worker will administer the enteral feeding product by holding the nasogastric tube folded in her palm so that the feeding product does not flow too quickly. The desired amount of enteral feeding product is administered slowly. After feeding, the tube is flushed with a small amount of water. Finally, the nasogastric tube is closed with a suitable cap. The patient’s condition is monitored during the entire procedure.

Urine samples

One of the last period’s topics is ”Taking a urine sample (midstream specimen of urine, MSU)”. A tiny taste from the text:

3.1. Instructing the patient to take a midstream specimen of urine

  • Wash hands with water and soap, dry carefully.
  • Wash the urogenital area
    • Women: spread the labia for taking the sample as the opening of the urethra must be exposed to avoid the contamination of urine.
    • Men: retract the foreskin for taking the sample, as the opening of the urethra must be exposed to avoid the contamination of urine.
    • Clean the opening of the urethra with the hand shower or with wetted toilet paper or with a wash glove and lukewarm water. Do not use soap or disinfecting substance. The direction of washing is from the opening of the urethra backwards (from the front to the back). If you wash the urogenital area with a wetted toilet paper or wash gloves, use one sheet or glove only once. Wipe several times. After washing, dry the urogenital area carefully with a clean towel or sheet of paper towel with the direction front to back.
  • First pass a small volume of urine into the toilet
    (this is so that bacteria do not get into the sample with the first stream of urine from the opening of the urethra).
  • Place the sample cup into the urine stream without breaking it
  • Fill the sample cup until it is 2/3 full.
  • Complete urination into the toilet.
  • Close the sample cup.
    Do not touch the inside of the sample cup to prevent the contamination

Piloting the SAFHY platform

During the project we have been piloting eLearning material from the very beginning. The piloting has taken place in vocational education and training as well as in work places. The first piloting group consisted of students with immigrant background. After that we have piloted with two practical nurse sudent groups and also cleaning service students. Last spring the piloting took place in SOL, which is a company providing cleaning services. Project’s Estonian partners have piloted eLearning material in training courses and VET also in Estonia.

Piloting gives us information for developing the content of the eLearning material as well as the platform. Most of the students have liked the videos most. Watching professionals working is enhancing students’ learning the most as they said. Teachers can use SAFHY eLearning material also in a classroom. Teachers can show videos and photos, discuss about working methods and get benefit of the texts and learning tests.

Coordinators’ meetings and workshops

Many workshops and meetings have taken place during the SAFHY project. The main reason for these get together events is to keep the project rolling. We have agreed with the schedules and many details about the project implementation, found solutions to problems and made compromises, to mention some of the tasks. We have been working in cross-border cooperation, which has been very interesting and fruitful for all of us. We have learned to work with each other especially when aligning curricula and finding similarities and differences. Also when finding solutions for differences in hygienic practices.

Professionals in cleaning service and health care field use to think that there is right and wrong way of performing work activities. We know now that the best possible end can be reached following different kinds of paths. When you are familiar with the aseptic procedures and hygienic working methods, you will manage to reach good quality and high standards of hygiene.
The circumstances and facilities are not the same in work places. Professionals in real working life are not always working in a “perfect” manner and as said in study books, nevertheless the quality might be good if the basic principles of hygienic working methods and aseptic procedures have been followed. Safety and hygiene in work places and during students training periods will improve, when following basic guidelines and principles of hygiene.

Just a tiny taste of the SAFHY teaching material: Surface (cover) materials

“There are various kinds of floor cover materials. The choice of a surface cover material is based on its ability to dampen sound and its antistatic quality, level of slipperiness, maintainability, simplicity of installation, resistance to fire and the purpose of the room, etc. Floor cover materials are also classified by their frequency of use. Floor cover materials are assigned usage classes: medium, ordinary, intensive or very intensive use. When choosing floor cover materials the functions of the room, as well as the foundation on which the cover is installed is to be taken into account. In the case of an uneven foundation care must be taken when using machines in maintenance as the machines may cause mechanical damage to the surface cover. The good appearance and durability of surface covers depends on compliance with care instructions. All surface covers wear and are damaged by abrasive dirt; hence it is essential that the spread of such dirt is prevented for all surface cover materials. The best way to remove abrasive dirt is to use dry wiping.”

Did You find this text example useful?

The subtopics following this text are for example “The floor cover materials” including linoleum, PVC, wood, rubber, laminate, natural stone, terrazzo, ceramic tile and textile.

To read more about this topic and see the photos and the video, You’ll need to have a username and password for the SAFHY platform. Please contact the project manager if.aduek@enial.ajiut for further details of getting ones.

Distribution of medication

Recently we have filmed videos in the ”real” working life. We are proud to present videos filmed with one of our associated partners, the City of Järvenpää. The City of Järvenpää has a modern, recently built Social and Health Care Center. The wards have great facilities for both patients and staff. In the video a nurse is distributing medication into patient-spesific portions in a hygienic manner in a well equipped medication room.

However, no matter where you do it and what kind of facilites you have, you can always follow the guidelines for safe, hygienic working practices.

Topics for the 4th period

We have been developing digital, multilingual teaching material almost two years now in the SAFHY project. The last topics are

Cleaning sector:

Maintenance cleaning: Kindergarden

Basic cleaning: Bathroom and Sauna

The Planning and the Quality of Cleaning

Maintenance Cleaning: Bathroom

Maintenance cleaning: Sauna

Basic cleaning: Classroom

Hygienic  working methods

Basic cleaning: Upright surfaces e.g. windows, ceilings, furniture

Health care:

Taking a urine sample (midstream specimen of urine, MSU)

Hygienic practices in medication distribution

Hygienic practices in giving injections

Hygienic practices in pressure ulcer care

Removing stitches and surgical staples

Helping a patient to use urination devices and aids

Urinary catheterization

Learning tests on the platform

Each topic on the SAFHY platform contains a learning test. If You are a professional working in the cleaning sector field, You might be interested of testing your knowledge. Do You know the answers for these questions:

True or false?

  1. Clean and dry cleaning textiles may be placed ready for use in the cleaning trolley.
  2. The moistened cleaning textiles may be left in the cleaning trolley until the following day.
  3. The baskets in the cleaning trolley simplify the storing of equipment.
  4. There are necessary holders and hooks for equipment in the cleaning trolley.
  5. The cleaning trolley is brought to the object to be cleaned.
  6. The cleaning trolley is cleaned for the next work shift.
  7. Different objects may have different cleaning trolleys.
  8. When selecting a cleaning trolley, one must take into account the size and other conditions of the object to be cleaned.
  9. The use of a cleaning trolley makes work more ergonomic.
  10. The use of a cleaning trolley has no effect from the ergonomic point of view.
  11. The cleaning trolley is equipped in different ways for different objects.
  12. The baskets and shelves in the cleaning trolley are cleaned every day.
  13. The equipment in the cleaning trolley must be cleaned every day.
  14. The buckets in the cleaning trolley must be cleaned every day.
  15. Dirty cleaning cloths must be taken to the laundry unit from the cleaning trolley.