Hospital had higher rate of superbug
A hospital has been criticised for continuing to expose patients to a higher than normal risk of a potentially fatal superbug.
Inspectors who visited Cavan General Hospital said the incidence of Clostridium Difficile (C-diff) was significantly higher than the national average for 2013 and 2014, with little improvement in early 2015.
The infection rate was linked to use of antibiotics and poor handwashing, the report of the Health Information and Quality Authority said.
The inspectors who visited in early March said a number of preventative measures were in place, including having to get prior approval of a microbiologist before non-infection staff prescribe an antibiotic.
During inspection of the anaesthetic room inspectors also noted syringes which were drawn up four days previously - even though they should be used without delay.
A separate inspection of Mayo General Hospital in mid-March found 20 patients in the oncology and haematology ward, twice the number of cancer patients who should be there, increasing the risk of infection. Levels of handwashing were poor and had got worse since previous audits.
An inspection of Mullingar Hospital found 11 children were isolated in separate rooms for infection control. But the doors were closed in only five of the rooms and signage urging precautions was only displayed on one door. Inspectors were also critical of what they described as the poor practice in the use of personal protective equipment, and hand hygiene.