Mortality rates amongst hospitals in the UK have risen dramatically over the last few years. We have all seen the news reports and most of them are quite alarming. But what role does cleanliness play in these deaths. General Medical Council Laws are in place to protect the public from potential malpractice of doctors and nurses, but do these laws also protect from a lack of hygiene? In 1997 there was an outbreak in many hospitals of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA. This is a bacterium which is responsible for causing various different infections in humans which are very difficult to treat. At the time, no one knew for sure exactly what the underlying cause of MRSA was, but we are a point these days where we can conclude that poor standards in hygiene were the main problem.
We’re supposed to go into hospital when we are sick in order to get better, not the other way round. Not so long ago it would have been unheard of to hear of such negativity towards our UK hospitals. In the golden era of the NHS, medical staff took pride in their work and put patients first. There was a matron who was in charge of the ward and her authority was self evident. There were no such things as compulsory cigarette breaks whereby a member of staff would leave the ward and venture outside whilst still in uniform only to return after 10 or 15 minutes to care for patients without washing their hands.
Today it’s completely different. Patients can be seen outside smoking in their nightwear whilst still attached to an intravenous drip, which can only be seen as inviting infections onto the wards. A hospital is supposed to a 100% sterile with no compromises. It is no wonder that there are so many malpractice cases when you only have to look at the conditions health professionals have to perform in.
The use of hand sanitizers outside every hospital ward is a huge step in the right direction in the battle against the next strain of super bug, but people have to educate themselves for this to work. It’s surprising just how many people; both staff and non staff actually find it an inconvenience to wash their hands.
Hospital management needs to stop turning a blind eye to certain things and start to put patient care ahead of their own career goals, even if that means upsetting some people. First and foremost the members of staff being allowed to smoke should cease and almost certainly patients should be banned from smoking whilst in hospital care with immediate effect. Matrons should also be placed back in wards universally and in turn reduce the influx of visitors being allowed to crowd around or sit on hospital beds. Common sense needs to be reinstated in the NHS and this needs to be rolled out across the board with no exception. There is no place for apathy and ignorance in our hospitals.
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