In­fec­tion warn­ing at hospi­tal - de­spite pos­i­tive in­spec­tion

Wishaw Press - - WW1 100 YEARS ON -

Wishaw hospi­tal theatre staff have been warned to store equip­ment prop­erly to min­imise in­fec­tion.

The call came from Health­care Im­prove­ment Scot­land af­ter an unan­nounced in­spec­tion at the hospi­tal in Au­gust.

And while the over­all re­port was a pos­i­tive one, in­spec­tors de­clared as a high pri­or­ity that “NHS La­nark­shire must en­sure that sin­gle use equip­ment is stored ap­pro­pri­ately in the theatre depart­ment to min­imise the risk of cross-in­fec­tion”.

The re­port states: “We saw there was lim­ited stor­age in the theatre depart­ment al­though the ar­eas we looked at were well or­gan­ised.

“Ster­ile in­stru­ment trays were stacked on top of each other. We ac­knowl­edge that dis­cus­sions are on­go­ing about plans to cre­ate more space for stor­age.

“How­ever, the cur­rent method of stack­ing cre­ates a po­ten­tial risk of con­tam­i­na­tion or dam­age to the ster­ile in­stru­ments. We ob­served staff clean­ing the theatre rooms af­ter pro­ce­dures and be­tween pa­tients.

“We saw that the ma­jor­ity of staff fol­lowed best prac­tice for clean­ing the en­vi­ron­ment.”

In­spec­tors vis­ited a number of other de­part­ments in the hospi­tal in­clud­ing the emer­gency depart­ment, labour ward and car­di­ol­ogy.

The re­port notes that there was a good stan­dard of en­vi­ron­men­tal clean­ing in all ar­eas and staff had a good knowl­edge of the pre­cau­tions to be taken to re­duce the risk of in­fec­tion.

An area in which the health board could have im­proved was that drug prepa­ra­tion should be car­ried out in an en­vi­ron­ment with­out the risk of splash con­tam­i­na­tion. The re­port added: “All pa­tients spo­ken with were pos­i­tive about the stan­dard of clean­li­ness across the hospi­tal in­clud­ing the wards and bed spa­ces. They thought their ward en­vi­ron­ments were clean as well as the toi­lets and show­ers. All pa­tients had ob­served clean­ing tak­ing place with any spillages be­ing dealt with promptly.”

The health board wel­comed the in­spec­tion re­port, stat­ing it was the best re­ceived by acute ser­vices in NHS La­nark­shire since the launch of the na­tional HAI Stan­dards in 2015.

Emer Shep­herd, head of In­fec­tion Pre­ven­tion and Con­trol, said: “We’re very pleased with this re­port and it re­flects the hard work and com­mit­ment of the staff in Univer­sity Hospi­tal Wishaw.

“The in­spec­tors re­ported that all staff spo­ken to demon­strated good work­ing knowl­edge of in­fec­tion pre­ven­tion and con­trol poli­cies, pro­ce­dures and guid­ance and the hospi­tal en­vi­ron­ment.

“As part of our con­tin­ual im­prove­ment plan, we had al­ready started work prior to the in­spec­tion in re­la­tion to the three re­quire­ments and two rec­om­men­da­tions high­lighted within the re­port.”

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