Hospital staff ignoring chances to wash hands
Published 13/09/2013 | 05:00
STAFF in hospitals which were inspected for infection control in recent months were seen ignoring a chance to wash their hands nearly 350 times.
Inspectors from the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) made surprise visits to 36 hospitals to find out how they were protecting patients from potentially lethal infections.
HIQA chief Dr Tracey Cooper said if she brought a child to a hospital A&E and saw staff were not washing their hands she would not allow them touch the youngster.
Dr Cooper was appearing before the Dail Committee on Health and Children in the wake of a series of damning inspection reports on poor levels of handwashing in several hospitals.