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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Hospital Accidents: Inadequate/poor hygiene

    When it comes to being threatened by possible accidents at work, staff in hospitals around the United Kingdom are more at risk than most.

    Hospitals are stressful and emotionally tense environments in which to work and work-related injuries can be brought about by a number of factors. Of these, probably the most scary and daunting is assaults by either patients or frustrated family members.

    One of the most irritating causes of injuries and illness at work in a hospital is a poor level of hygiene, simply because so much of it is easily avoidable.

    Hygiene risks

    It stands to reason that hospitals contain more harmful germs and bacteria than most other working environments. After all, no-one goes to hospital if they are perfectly healthy.

    As well as other patients, the people most at risk from infection are the staff. Good hygiene can play a hugely significant role in minimising that risk.

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    Entrances to hospitals up and down the country possess hand washing stations for patients, visitors, and staff to use on entering the building. This simple action can go a long way to preventing the spread of infection as hands are amongst the most common carrying medium.

    Staff should also be provided with sufficient Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in order to keep them safe from injury and illness at work. In a hospital, this equipment may include:

    –  Masks and other items of uniform for dealing with patients in quarantine

    –  Disposable gloves for dealing with blood and other injuries

    –  Hair nets and hats for events such as surgeries

    It is also vitally important that equipment such as masks and hats used for occasions such as surgery are washed thoroughly and disposed of if they cannot be washed.

    When it comes to preventing the spread of infection, there are two main principles for hospitals to follow:

    1. Separate the source of the infection from the rest of the hospital.
    2. Cut off any potential transmission routes.

    As well as keeping the infected patient away from other patients, this also means covering things like the air circulation system and anything the patient has touched that may be taken to another part of the hospital.

    If you suffer an accident or illness at work in a hospital that wasn’t your fault and required medical attention, then Accident Advice Helpline can guide you through a work illness claim and win you the work injury or illness compensation you deserve. To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.

    Date Published: January 13, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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