Tuesday 6 December 2016

Weaknesses in infection control at Letterkenny Hospital which put patients at risk - HIQA

Published 08/10/2015 | 12:22

Letterkenny General Hospital (Photo: Google Maps)
Letterkenny General Hospital (Photo: Google Maps)

Hygiene inspectors have found a range of weaknesses in infection control at Letterkenny Hospital which put patients at risk.

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A report from the Health Information and  Quality Authority (Hiqa) revealed that an unannounced inspection was carried out at the hospital in June and an follow-up visit in July.

It found no significant improvement in the overall standard of environmental hygiene during the second visit.

Concerns were expressed around levels of handwashing, safe injection practices , infrastructure and maintenance.

One ward was not painted for ten years and the floor covering was degraded and missing.They also found flaking paintwork.

The inspectors also found that the protection of patients from aspergillosis, a form of fungus found in  air conditioning units, composting and damp or flood damaged housing and hospital building projects, was inadequate.

MRSA was found on frequently touched surfaces such as keyboards and telephones.

The inspectors found brown staining on some toilet roll holders, seat bowls and grab-rails.

Several surfaces in a patient toilet were still not clean after a morning cleaning session.

The hospital said that two wards are being refurbished and the work will be finished early next year.

An unannounced inspection of the Mater Hospital found fault with the level of cleanliness of patient equipment and the standards in the intensive care unit.

All wheelchairs located inside the main entrance of one of the hospital's buildings were unclean with stains visible on the metal parts and on some seat areas.

Another inspection of St Luke’s cancer hospital in Rathgar Dublin also identified infection risks in its day cancer ward where patients were getting chemotherapy.

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