Single-use injection vial ‘used on multiple patients’ in maternity hospital

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The Journal report “Units at maternity hospitals in Dublin have been criticised in new reports by the health standards watchdog on cleanliness standards. Hiqa published the details of unannounced inspections at the Rotunda Maternity Hospital, the National Maternity Hospital, and Temple Street Children’s Hospital. All were generally clean but with some exceptions.

In the Rotunda, inspectors visited the Gynaecology Ward and the Neonatal Unit and found that ‘single use’ intravenous antibiotic vial were being used on multiple patients who required the same antibiotics. “These vials typically lack antimicrobial preservatives and can become contaminated and serve as a source of infection when used inappropriately,” the report read, and recommended only using them on a single patient.”

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