HiQA report finds good hand hygiene at Lourdes
THE LATEST HIQA report on hygiene in Our Lady of Lourdes hospital found 'the physical environment and patient equipment were clean and well maintained', but found some exceptions.
The authority made an unannounced inspection of the hospital in October and found evidence of good practice in areas such as waste segregation, the maintenance of lines and the upkeep of isolation rooms.
However, the authority found that bed spacing in the seven bedded ward was not planned and managed in a way that minimises the risk of spread of healthcare associated infections in accordance with national standards.
It found there was rust coloured staining and black marks were visible in a shower tray in a washroom assessed and a workstation was cluttered, rendering adequate cleaning difficult.
The authority says it observed 26 hand hygiene opportunities, 24 of which were taken equating to a 92 per cent compliance rate indicating.
The authority found that a culture of hand hygiene practice is well embedded among staff in the hospital.
The hospital must now develop a quality improvement plan that prioritises the improvements necessary to fully comply with national standards.
Fine Gael Meath East TD and member of the Oireachtas Health Committee Regina Doherty congratulated the hospital for achieving a 92 per cent compliance level for hand hygiene.
'All of the staff at the Lourdes Hospital should be very proud of these results which show that a culture of hand hygiene practice is well embedded amongst workers at the hospital,' said Deputy Doherty.
'The results are particularly impressive when compared with those of other hospitals, which are falling behind in terms of hand hygiene.'
She pointed out that study after study has shown that washing your hands is the most effective way to prevent the spreading of infections in hospitals.
'But unfortunately making this a common practice has been challenging in many health facilities, so I am very pleased that the Lourdes Hospital is performing so well,' she added.
'I would like to pay particular tribute to Margaret Swords, the General Group Manager of the Louth Meath Hospital Group, for her work in pursuing high standards across the hospital group.'