Limerick hospitals fair well in national hygiene survey

first_imgNewsLocal NewsLimerick hospitals fair well in national hygiene surveyBy admin – December 23, 2008 571 WhatsApp Advertisement Facebook Twitter Previous articleBusinesses rally to support Shannon linkNext articleDiscovery of body being examined admincenter_img Linkedin Print LIMERICK hospitals have faired well following the publication of the results of the National Hygiene survey carried out ny The Health Information and Quality Authority. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Mid Western Regional Hospital, the Mid Western Regional Maternity Hospital, and the Mid Western Regional Orthopaedic Hospital in Croom were all given a ‘fair’ rating,the same rating that each hospital received in the 2007 survey. However, St John’s Hospital improved on their pervious year’s rating of ‘fair’ with suitable improvements to warrant a ‘good’ rating.The Mid Western Regional Hospital in Ennis however, did not fair out as well in the survey as the authority deemed it necessary to reduce its 2007 standing as a ‘fair’ hospital to that of one with poor standards.The governing body is an independent Authority which was established under the Health Act 2007 to drive continuous improvement in Ireland’s health and social care services. The Authority was established as part of the Government’s overall Health Service Reform Programme. The Authority’s mandate extends across the quality and safety of the public, private (within its social care function) and voluntary sectors. Reporting directly to the Minister for Health and Children, the Health Information and Quality Authority has statutory responsibility for a number of major factors within the running and administration of the hospitals surveyed. More than two-thirds of the criteria assessed were rated as A or B categories. This is encouraging overall. However, there was wide variation between hospitals. Comparison with performance in the 2007 review shows that this year there were nearly twice as many A ratings awarded and an increase in B ratings. Meanwhile, the percentage of C ratings went down significantly. In comparison to last year, there was an increase in the number of D ratings, but these are small in number compared to the total number of criteria assessed. The main conclusions from the National Hygiene Services Quality Review 2008 noted that overall, the average hospital compliance ratings have improved when compared with the results of last year’s Review. The number of A ratings, indicating the highest level of compliance, have almost doubled. Similarily, the percentage of C ratings has decreased noticeably. The compliance ratings on the Corporate Management standards have seen an improvement in almost one third of the ratings. In comparison with last year’s findings, the overall performance on the standard relating to the Implementation of Hygiene Services (SD 4.0) shows less improvement. Nonetheless, it is encouraging that in general, high levels of compliance were found in this area which relates to actual practice on the ground. The number of criteria that received the lowest compliance rating (i.e. a D rating) has increased in comparison to last year. Compliance ratings were lower on some standards suggesting more focus is needed in the following areas: * Collection and reporting data and information for Hygiene Services (CM 13) * Evidence-based best practice and new interventions in Hygiene Services (SD 1) * Assessing and improving performance (SD 6) * Governing and managing Hygiene Services (CM 4) * Enhancing staff performance (CM 11) Emaillast_img read more

Dominican Authorities Arrest Colombian Cocaine Smugglers

first_img On March 27, off the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic, security agencies seized 1,909 kilos of cocaine on a boat abandoned by its crew when authorities arrived. Authorities managed to detain two Colombian nationals during the process. “The boat carrying the drugs was deserted on Saona Island; due to the pressure of the units participating in the operation, the crew was forced to abandon the vessel,” said Rolando Rosado Mateo, President of the National Directorate for Drug Control (DNCD). “Two crew members were arrested, both Colombian nationals,” Rosado Mateo said in a press release, in which he also informed that the authorities were pursuing two others who remained at large. One of the detainees was presented to the press as Andrés Ramírez Quiroz, while the other has not been identified, and both remain incarcerated on Saona Island, in the Dominican territory of La Romana province, 110 km east of Santo Domingo. The U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) participated in the operation, reported Mateo. In addition to the drugs, agents confiscated an M-16 rifle with two magazines, three outboard boat motors, and 25 208-liter containers filled with gasoline. The southern coast of the Dominican Republic has the highest presence of drug trafficking organizations that use this country as a transit route to the United States and Europe. By Dialogo March 29, 2013last_img read more