"MRSA could be spreading in check room!"

About: Royal Hallamshire Hospital

MRSA, spreading in the checking room! ...so I've just been to hospital appointment to have ugly cyst removed off my face. ( sexy! Not!)

So before they book you in for surgery, you have to go have pre op tests.

Weight, height, blood pressure etc.

And swaps to ensure your not carrying MRSA, as if you are, they have to treat that before operating.

So when they took blood pressure, they put a clip thing on your finger, that didn't look too hygenic!

I said, if all these people are passing through here as carriers of MRSA and sticking their fingers in this thing too, is that thing not logically covered in MRSA itself, and a perfect spreading tool!?

They said yes I suppose so, but it does get cleaned sometimes!

So effectively I could have gone in with no MRSA, swabbed clear, but caught it whilst there on there dirty tool! And have it by op time...

I said why don't they have little finger condoms to stop you spreading it around from here, where your intent is to detect it!?

They said a good idea, not thought of that!

I'm no medical genius!

But is this not basically obvious!?

No wonder NHS struggling with MRSA, they probably infecting people with it, whilst testing for it! II feel dirty for being in that place.

Am I missing something, or have I just solved why MRSA is so prevelent these days!?

Staff all pleasant and cooperative. But this worries me.

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Response from Deborah Hopkinson, Patient Experience Co-ordinator, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

I am sorry to read your concerns that have been posted on Patient Opinion. These have been escalated to the appropriate senior staff and I will be posting a further response in due course. Kind regards

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Response from Deborah Hopkinson, Patient Experience Co-ordinator, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Iwould like to thank you for your comments and observations and we are sorrythey were disappointed with this aspect of your experience. Your observations havebeen shared with Pre-Operative Assessment Team so they can make their cleaningof equipment more visible to patients to reassure them of our commitment topreventing infection in Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.

MRSA (Meticillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) is a type of bacteria that is resistant to a number of widely used antibiotics. This means it can be more difficult to treat if it causes an infection. Some patients may have it on their skin or on the lining of their nose without any symptoms, known as carriage. Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust has put many measures in place to protect its patients and reduce the spread of MRSA.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals has had a stringent MRSA screening programme in place for a number of years which has been helpful in reducing the number of patients we find to be carrying MRSA. Prior to or on admission to hospital all patients are screened for MRSA. If found to have MRSA they can then be given the necessary treatment to reduce any risk of infection to themselves and to take steps to prevent MRSA being passed on to others. In August 2015 799 patients were screened at pre-assessment and of those 4 were found to be MRSA positive. These patients were then treated prior to their admission to hospital.

As part of the hygiene measures we promote in Sheffield teaching Hospital, staff and patients are encouraged to wash their hands thoroughly using soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleaning gel, which are available in all areas throughout the hospital. Equipment is also cleaned between patient use to reduce any risk of cross infection.

I hope that this information is useful. Kind regards.

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