Saturday, 23 April 2011

This Should Be In All UK Hospitals

This video should be played on large screens at all hospital entrances.

Staff of the University Hospital of South Manchester filmed it in their spare time.

I would have liked to have seen a little more emphasis on soap and water being the only effective barrier to c.difficile, but perhaps another hospital could take that on board in a similar manner.  Well done all concerned.


Disenfranchised of Buckingham said...

I know this is needed but why? What do they teach these people in the first weeks of training?

Mum trained and nursed pre NHS and was always shocked by the sloppy habits in modern hospitals.

Hellraiser said...

This needs to be in EVERY hospital.

JRB said...

I can only echo DofB’s comment –
”I know this is needed, but why?”

So 10/10 for initiative and effort must go to University Hospital of South Manchester for raising the profile of infection prevention.

But why is it, that in this modern day and age, in modern hospitals, with modern equipment that there are such concerns over the overall levels of cleanliness and hygiene.

In years gone bye, the incidence of patient acquired infection was never as high or as threatening.
In years gone by in seemingly outdated Nightingale wards, with multiple beds, their wooden floors and their open windows, cleanliness and hygiene were never a problem.

All that I can see that has significantly changed has been the demise of the in-house domestic cleaner answerable only to her superior and senior nursing staff for the quality of work done. Every domestic cleaner had a personal pride in the cleanliness of ‘their’ ward, as well as a mildly authoritarian chain of command with an equal pride in what was done.

Now, todays domestic cleaners are answerable only to an accountant whose sole concern is keeping costs to a minimum.

subrosa said...

It's needed because most of the public treat hospitals like any public space instead of respecting them for what they are.

I think the video was made for the public not for medics. Perhaps I'm wrong.

subrosa said...

Thanks for the links Hellraiser. Very interesting indeed and I'm all for anything which will help.

Soap and water for hands and bleach for surfaces as yet to be beaten though,

subrosa said...

Because JRB, people no longer care about infection. After all they can buy a product which will remove them all and thus remove their concerns. How I wish it were so.

I'd agree with you. The cleaning system needs to be taken back to basics with cleaners being responsible to senior nurses and not bean counters.

banned said...

Interesting item on Radio 4 the other day about MRSA being immune to stainless steel but very short lived when in contact with copper.

Hospitals are, of course, awash with stainless steel surfaces and it might explain why the ancient Egyptian glyph for "copper" is the same as for "health"; seems the same applies in Mandarin Chinese.

My mum qualified as a nurse in London during WW2 and noted with concern the demise of hospital in-house maintenance departments during the 1980s. On a number of occassions she quoted her old Staff Nurse on the most important aspect of health care "You've got to clean the drains". I think that Florence Nightingale had some input on that.

subrosa said...

Hi banned, you're ringing a few bells mentioning the copper issue.

You mum sounds like my retired nursing friends who insist cleanliness was more important than treatment. "No point treating someone in a dirty bed with dirty equipment" they usually say.

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