A raft of measures designed to reinforce key infection control messages have been introduced into the Theatre Suite at Forth Valley Royal Hospital. They include, posters depicting the correct way to wear protective clothing, extra hand gels, pocket hand gels for recovery area staff and new theatre mattresses. Updated cleaning guidelines have also been posted in the 14 operating theatres which are used almost every day.
The move follows an unannounced inspection by the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate which made several recommendations. Theatre Co-ordinator, Paula Oldman, said “We saw the HEI inspection as a positive way to make changes and this helps make sure we are doing things at the right time and in the right place.
The Theatre Suite is a constantly changing environment where you are multi-tasking, especially in the recovery area which has a high turnover of patients. All our staff have been willing to embrace these positive changes and management have also been very supportive”.
Pictured: (left to right) Kirsteen Ronald (Healthcare Support Worker) Louise Callaghan (Anaesthetic Nurse) Aimee McLernon (Recovery Nurse) Oliver Milling Smith (Surgeon) Ewan Jack (Consultant Anaesthetist) Pauline Goldie (Team Leader)