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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Scotland : Hygiene standards slated at hospital where five died in C diff outbreak

An article from News Scotsman :

" A SCOTTISH hospital that suffered a major outbreak of the superbug Clostridium difficile has been criticised by inspectors over dirty equipment and standards of hygiene.

Their report on Ninewells Hospital in Dundee found poor compliance with hand hygiene rules, soiled equipment marked as clean and overfilled dirty linen bags.

The Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI) also highlighted concerns about a patient who was being treated on a ward with other patients without specific equipment dedicated for that person's use.

Concerns about the hospital have been raised in previous reports, and health secretary Nicola Sturgeon yesterday called for improvements to be made "as a matter of urgency".

Five patients died at Ninewells during an outbreak of C difficile in 2009. The cases are being looked at as part of the public inquiry into C difficile deaths at the Vale of Leven hospital in Alexandria, Dunbartonshire."

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