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Inspectors praise hygiene practices in hospital theatre department  

12 December 2017

A good standard of hygiene in Western Isles Hospital’s theatre department has been praised by inspectors.


The Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI) Inspection Report highlighted the cleanliness throughout the department within the Stornoway hospital.


In addition staff adhered to good compliance with the management of waste and sharps and there was also “positive leadership” in infection prevention and control.


Inspectors made an unannounced visit in October.

Their report said there was good hand hygiene, daily hospital-wide safety meetings and appropriate availability of alcohol-based hand rub.In addition, there were clean clinical and domestic waste bins, all sharps boxes were appropriately labelled and assembled, a good supply of personal protective equipment for staff use in theatre while regular infection prevention and control audits take place.


There were also areas for improvement, including the need for evaluation of the uptake of mandatory infection prevention and control training and to ensure that equipment does not obstruct air vents in theatre or in the anaesthetic room.


Inspectors also recommend that NHS Western Isles should review the system for cleaning patient equipment in the theatre department to reduce the potential for cross-contamination.