An unannounced visit to the Accident and Emergency Unit at Crosshouse Hospital by officials from the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI) found trolley-beds and emergency rooms contaminated with blood and body fluids.
When they arrived at the A&E department on October 28 last year, inspectors recorded that 11 beds showed evidence of blood or body fluids, with four mattress covers deemed to be heavily contaminated. A subsequent report compiled by the HEI indicated the ‘stitch room’ in the Accident and Emergency unit had “significant blood contamination”.
The concerns of inspectors were raised with hospital management on the day of the visit. However, when HEI officials returned the next day (October 29), they found “five patient trolley-beds were contaminated with blood or body fluids,” and that one trolley-bed had “the same blood contamination we had found the previous day”.
By the time of a third HEI visit, a week later (November 6), inspectors reported the standard of cleaning in the A&E department had “significantly improved”, adding that equipment was “clean and ready for use”.
John Burns, Chief Executive of NHS Ayrshire & Arran, said the HEI inspections had indicated Crosshouse Hospital was complying with the majority of standards to protect patients, staff and visitors from the risk of acquiring infection. Mr Burns explained, “In response to the inspection we took immediate steps to address the areas which were identified as requiring improvement.
“We take prevention and control of infection extremely seriously and we have increased our focus on our own programme of unannounced inspections and audits to reinforce those provided by the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate.”