Saturday 18 November 2017

Stephen McMahon: Little hope for healthcare reform if medics can't wash their hands

As a patient advocacy body, dedicated to safe, high-quality, patient-centred healthcare, my passion is that change and reform in our healthcare system should not be preceded by preventable funerals and injury to patients.

Important independent Health Information & Quality Authority (HIQA ) Hygiene Audit Reports issued yesterday should be setting off alarm bells from the office of the Minister for Health in Hawkins House to the HSE corporate headquarters in Dr Steevens's hospital.

MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) is one of many healthcare-acquired infections but it is one that can be limited in its spread through good, old-fashion hand hygiene and cleanliness.

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