A Dirty Hospital is bad management and immediate action is need says Local TD Derek Keating.
5 February 2013 No Comment
Wednesday 30th January
A Health Information and Quality Authority inspection of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin has found that all clinical areas examined were generally unclean.
The finding was contained in one of 14 new hygiene and infection prevention reports for hospitals published today. This is unacceptable and has nothing to do with cut backs or economic management said Derek Keating TD for Dublin MidWes. The reports are highly critical of the Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital.
HIQA says that poor hand-washing practice in many Irish hospitals is potentially putting patients at risk of acquiring a hospital infection.
It also says some immediate serious risks to patients were found, with Emergency Department patients being accommodated with patients with communicable diseases.
At Connolly Hospital in Dublin, a patient with a transmissible disease was in an Emergency Department cubicle for 30 hours.
Many of my constituents have to use these hospitals I demand changes and action to ensure that the hospitals are fit for purpose said Deputy Keating.
The 12 unannounced and two announced inspections – at Connolly Hospital found wide variations with regard to hospital cleanliness.
The reports identified problems such as dust and dirt on surfaces, soiled bedpans, worn and damaged furniture, black residue in shower areas, splash marks on equipment and blood stains in various locations. In some cases linen and healthcare waste was not being properly managed.
HIQA says the failure to help reduce the spread of infection poses a clear and serious risk to patients.