Thursday, April 19, 2007

QEQM Shuts Ward

Kent Online reports that a ward at the QEQM hospital in Margate has been shut because of an outbreak of the Norovirus.

East Kent NHS Trust said a "deep clean" operation would be taking place on the affected Birchington Ward today.

Matthew Kershaw of East Kent NHS Trust said: "We have Birchington Ward currently closed, isolated for the Norovirus.

"The outbreak started on Sunday night. There are currently three patients on the ward, all in side rooms, who have contracted the virus.

He added: "There have been no incidents since Monday. All being well, we will be concluding this incident tomorrow and there will be a deep clean of the in-patient area."

The Norovirus bug can last for two or three days. People can be infectious for 48 hours before any symptoms - vomiting - appear.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is a common problem and is quite simply caused by not washing hands properly (or at all) after using the lavatory.
Very common in crusie ships, hotels and of course hospitals where there are large groups of people in close proximity.
Are you a washer or a walker?

Anonymous said...

Its not so much that people can be infectious before symptoms appear - its that people will be doing "viral shedding" and infect others for some days after their symptoms disappear.
Lift buttons, handrails, fabrics etc all need deep cleaning.

Anonymous said...

Is it not time to review hospital 'visiting' arrangements? I think numbers and hours should be curtailed and the almost 'breeze in' situation we now have does not help but rather adds to infection control.

Anonymous said...

It's also about time that anyone seen not using the hand gels before entering a ward are refused entry.

Anonymous said...

All the comments about the way viruses are transfered are correct but one important thing is overlooked.
Nowadays Nurses and other health workers wear their work clothes to and from work very often going shopping on the way, this is where a large number of infections are picked up and then transfered to patients, also to 'economise' health workers are very often required to clean their own uniforms. It used to be that all uniforms were laundered by the Hospitals own laundering service at a much higher temperature than is the norm ina domestic washing machine.

On a lighter note i was always taught not to pee on me fingers!

Anonymous said...

Anon 1.31 - norovirus is not spread by urine but by faecal contamination or vomiting.

Unless you are a very sick person indeed urine is normally pretty sterile.

Before you post a reply I am already sure you were also taught not to throw up or poop on your fingers.

But were you ever taught how to PROPERLY wash your hands?

In between the fingers, the backs, enough soap, enough rubbing, hot enough water, should be at least a minute or so per effective handwash.

Anonymous said...

Indeed I was Sir/ Madam,
correct hand washing procedure is now part of the induction proccess in most NHS Trusts and has been for some years now.

That still doesnt remove the risk of transfered infection through thoughtless actions for example a Nurse/ HCA/ Doctor is an isolation room with a patient does whatever and then removes the pen from the pocket , writes notes, replaces pen in pocket and then removes gloves, uses gel or washes hands, goes to the next Patient and repeats the procedure with the pen. Clean hands for next patient but contaminated pen thus any infection gets transfered.

Anonymous said...

Anon 2.50 - I have seen nurses etc movbe from one patient to another without handwashing, they always say when collared about it that there isn't enough time for what they have to do.
I can sympathise with that but its wrong.
You are right about the pens, notes etc. that happens too.
One solution is a pen per patient tied onto their notes.