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Tullamore addresses HIQA’s concerns

08 Dec 2015

The Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore (MRHT) has welcomed the publication of HIQA’s report on its unannounced inspection of the hospital in May 2015, which identified a number of issues in respect of infection prevention and control which at the time did not meet best practice.

The report, however, acknowledged the progress of implementation of the 2014 recommendations, all of which were now fully implemented, the hospital said.

During the inspection focusing on the Renal Dialysis Unit and the Day Hospital, HIQA identified the incidences of Clostridium difficile, MRSA bloodstream infection rates, and hand hygiene.

Tullamore Hospital said it was committed to meeting all national quality and safety standards and was actively striving to do so.

In relation to the incidence of C. difficile in 2014, the hospital said it should be noted that the data indicated different types of C. difficile and were not as a result of cross-contamination between patients. The hospital had seen a decrease in the incidence of C. difficile since April 2015.

A number of measures had also been introduced to increase compliance and reduce the incidence of MRSA bloodstream infection rates. To date in 2015, there had been no incidences of MRSA bloodstream infection at the hospital.

A further key component of infection control, hand hygiene, has been steadily improving at MRHT. A compliance score of 90 per cent achieved during a national hand hygiene audit in October 2015 highlighted progress being made in this critical area, according to the hospital.

William Bourke

Click here to view the full article which appeared in Irish Medical Times