Hospital workers cleaning up their act

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STAFF at Milton Keynes Hospital have been working hard to make sure that patients are kept safe, the hospital is kept clean and rates of infection remain low.

In October, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) reported that they had found issues with staff not following Infection Prevention and Control procedures. While no patients were harmed in these instances, the Trust has a zero tolerance of staff not following our Infection Prevention and Control policies because of the potential impact on patients.

To reinforce Infection Prevention and Control messages, the hospital has implemented a campaign, ‘Don’t Infect – Protect’, as well as encourage staff to challenge anyone who is not following Infection Prevention and Control policies.

A range of posters and banners have been put up all around the hospital to reinforce key Infection Prevention and Control messages and reminding them of the consequences for patients and the future of the hospital if they fail to comply.

The campaign has been running for a month; 100 clinical and non-clinical staff were recently surveyed about the campaign and general Infection Prevention and Control issues.

All the staff who were questioned said they are aware of the ‘Don’t Infect – Protect’ campaign. The particularly positive news is that most staff said they already always followed Infection Prevention and Control rules before the campaign started. Other responses included staff are cleaning their hands more, effectively using personal protective equipment (PPE) and challenging colleagues if they see them not following Infection Prevention and Control procedures.

Visitors are also asked to play their part in helping prevent the spread of infections by cleaning their hands with the sanitiser provided when they enter and leave a clinical area.

Mr Martin Wetherill, Medical Director said: “Patient safety is of paramount importance to the Trust. Immediate action was taken to address compliance with Infection and Prevention and Control as soon as the Care Quality Commission made us aware of the issues.

“Staff at Milton Keynes Hospital are working hard to keep patients safe, the hospital clean and rates of infection low. I am pleased to see that we are making such positive progress within a short period of time.”

Rates of healthcare associated infection in the hospital are low, have declined year-on-year and compare well with the national average. For example, the Trust is in the top 20% best performing hospitals for Clostridium Difficile rates. The CQC also observed that the ward concerned in the latest inspection was clean and hygienic.