HIQA report critical of Louth Hospital practices

An unannounced inspection by health watchdogs has found evidence of practice in the Louth County Hospital that was not compliant with national standards of healthcare.

An unannounced inspection by health watchdogs has found evidence of practice in the Louth County Hospital that was not compliant with national standards of healthcare.

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) conducted th e assessment at the hospital on 1st July 2013, where they observed evidence of practice that was not compliant with the National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections.

The purpose of the assessment is to assess the hygiene as experienced by patients at any given time.

Although HIQA did not identify any immediate serious risks to patients, a number of risks were identified. Soiled floors, offensive odours and inconsistent hand hygiene were noted. Hand hygiene practices of staff observed by the Authority entering and exiting the isolation rooms in the Stepdown ward was not in line with best practice guidelines.

Staff were observed not to consistently perform hand hygiene procedures on removal of equipment and before leaving the room. Hand wash facilities were not available in these clinical rooms.

Two patients with known transmissible infection were being cared for in rooms where the doors were open as standard to where other patients were being cared for.