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Questions raised over decontamination of medical equipment

Monday 3rd November 2008
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The method by which medical equipment is decontaminated has been called into question in one hospital.

According to a report in the Ealing Times, an unannounced visit to Ealing Hospital by Healthcare Commission inspectors earlier this year revealed flaws.

Four wards of the medical centre - which opened in 1979 and provides acute services for patients in the west London area - were inspected.

Experts recommended that the hospital conduct an immediate review of its bed pan cleaning procedures, as well as the way in which is cleanses slings and decontaminates endoscopy equipment, people with sterile services jobs may wish to note.

A report also said that the hospital should put in place closer monitoring of infection prevention policies.

"We take hospital hygiene and the control of infection very seriously at the hospital. Maintaining high standards of cleanliness throughout the hospital is one of the key ways of controlling hospital acquired infections," stated chief executive of the trust Julie Lowe.

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