Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Doherty congratulates Lourdes Hospital on top hygiene standards

Fine Gael Meath East TD and member of the Oireachtas Health Committee, Regina Doherty, has today (Wednesday) congratulated the Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda for achieving a 92% compliance level for hand hygiene.

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) conducted an audit of the hospital in line with the national programme for monitoring standards for the prevention and control of infections in our hospitals. Hand hygiene is considered to be extremely important to preventing the spread of infections.  

“All of the staff at the Lourdes Hospital should be very proud of these results which show that a culture of hand hygiene practice is well embedded amongst workers at the hospital. The results are particularly impressive when compared with those of other hospitals, which are falling behind in terms of hand hygiene. 

“Study after study has shown that washing your hands is the most effective way to prevent the spreading of infections in hospitals. But unfortunately making this a common practice has been challenging in many health facilities, so I am very pleased that the Lourdes Hospital is performing so well.

“I would like to pay particular tribute to Margaret Swords, the General Group Manager of the Louth Meath Hospital Group, for her work in pursuing high standards across the hospital group.”

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