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Intravenous products: Derby’s hospitals have been short-listed for the National Patient Safety Award for safeguarding patients from infections. Royal Derby Hospital and London Road Community Hospital have been nominated. This is in recognition of the use of special antiseptic mats on hospital worktops when staff are preparing drugs to be injected into patients, to cut the infection risk.

The mats contain silver, which is antibacterial, and are able to withstand heavy-duty cleaning. Hospital bosses say the mats are the first of their kind in the country. Royal Derby Hospital ward matron Helen Burton, who came up with the idea, said: “We identified an area where we could prepare the intravenous drugs and keep all the supplies we need to do it close to hand.

“I marked out the area we designated with tape and, as soon as I’d done it, I noticed that the marked area was always kept clutter-free and there were fewer interruptions from colleagues when they saw you working in the area.

“It worked well until the tape started to come off the worktop. It was then that we approached Medifilm to see if we could develop something more permanent.”

The awards ceremony will be in February at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

For more information – click here to visit the Medifilm website.


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