Old decontamination machines meant that dirty equipment caused infections in 11 patients at the Alexandra Hospital, Redditch, between March and July this year.
The Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust reported on two incidents affecting seven and four patients respectively – all patients had been infected after treatment in the endoscopy unit. The first group of patients were affected by a bug which can cause serious problems for those who are weak because of illness, surgery or treatment. The second group were affected by a different bacterium.
The machines used for decontaminating the equipment had been in use for more than eight years and the environment of the endoscopy unit was outdated, the report said.
A trust statement said: “Following the initial results an investigation was undertaken to identify the possible cause whilst further measures were put in place immediately to mitigate any potential risk to patients. These included additional disinfection, the installation of water filters and changes to operating procedures.”
Inez Brown, Partner at Medical Accident Group, said: “The trust clearly knew that the decontamination equipment was out of date, and had known about it for some time. Patients undergoing treatment are especially vulnerable to infections – hospitals have a duty to maintain a clean environment to prevent these incidents.”
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