"Worried about spread of germs"
About: Royal Bolton Hospital Royal Bolton Hospital
Posted by spud (as ),
I have just spent 11 days in the Royal Bolton Hospital Ward C4. No complaints: staff, nurses, doctors, food. All first class.
I talked to a nurse about the spread of germs within the hospital - My story may seam a bit raw but it is true.
Three other people in my quad, all doing the same: sleep on and off during the night, wakening occasionally to use the water bottle, possibly pick my nose, scratch my groin.
Wakened by the nurse about 8-00am to wrap the blood pressure inflatable around my sweating arm, place a clip on my finger for blood count, take my temperature in the ear (disposable tip), take my pulse.
Then move on to the next patient (No equipment cleaned).
I understand there were 27 patients and only one machine working. Therefore, the sweat and finger germs get nicely mixed between the 27 patients.
9-00am: breakfast cereal, toast and marmalade, great but all with dirty hands.
9-30: wash time.
Could this not be reversed, and some way found to clean
the inflatable and finger clip between patients?