A report into an unannounced inspection of Nenagh Hospital Medical Two Ward on October 21 by Hiqa has shown that there was compliance and non-compliance with standards.
Medical Two Ward is a general medical ward with 28 beds comprising one 10-bedded ward, two four-bedded wards, one three-bedded ward, two two-bedded wards and three single rooms used for isolation of patients colonised or infected with transmissible infective diseases or multidrug resistant organisms when required. Five patients were isolated at the time of the inspection.
The cleanliness of the patient environment in the 10-bedded ward on Medical Two Ward was of concern to the authority.
Unacceptable varying levels of dust were observed on the undercarriages of beds, the casements above beds, ledges behind beds, a cardiac monitor, skirting boards, floor edges and corners and some curtain rails in the patient areas inspected.
A mattress cover was compromised and light staining was observed on the inside of the mattress cover and on the mattress base. The wall area adjacent to a window and pipes connected to a radiator were visibly stained and dark stains were also evident on the floor under the piping.
Opportunities for improvement were observed in the cleaning and maintenance of patient sanitary facilities.
Full report in this week’s Tipperary Star