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.

The changing of a stoma pouch

As earlier told, we did film a video of the changing of the stoma pouch about a year ago. Now we have also filmed a video of a patient changing the stoma pouch herself.

In nursing the patient’s ability to perform daily activities and routines is extremely important, and we wish with this video that health care workers realize that different kinds of performances will end to the best possible results. There is never only one way of performing the art of nursing, there are always several options, which end to the acceptable and good result.  Guiding the patient to take care of stoma is meaningful for the patient, and soon the nurse will find out, that the patient can make it better and in a more practical manner than a professional ever.