Do we need Matron back in our hospitals?
What is it with hospitals and basic hygiene, like hand-washing? Do we have to bring back Matron to get basic cleaning and hygiene standards right, because despite years of campaigns targeted specifically at hospital staff and visitors, staff, many of them professionals, still don't seem to get it.
An unannounced visit to Cork University Hospital (CUH) and University Hospital Limerick (UHL) identified high risks over cleaning processes in certain areas of the hospitals and also found that the approach to hand-washing, now a basic hygiene tool in all hospitals and health facilities, was "fragmented across the hospital campus".
We all know the ravages of bad hygiene practices in hospitals. The scourge of MRSA and other bacterial infections has caused untold grief and misery to many patients over the years. Yet places where people go to be treated for illness can sometimes be described as a dangerous environment. If it is not safe to go to hospital - and we know that in some cases it is not - then serious sanctions are now needed to break the dangerous cycle of careless hygiene that exists in the hospital system.