HIQA Quality Improvement

St Michael’s Hospital Quality Improvement Plan for Compliance with the National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) undertook an unannounced monitoring assessment in St Michaels Hospital on the 19th of April 2016 against the National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections (2009). Monitoring against the Infection Prevention and Control Standards was assessed with a particular focus, but not limited to, environmental and hand hygiene under the following standards:

  • Standard 3: The physical environment, facilities and resources are developed and managed to minimise the risk of ser4vice users, staff and visitors acquiring a Healthcare Associated Infection.
  • Standard 6: Hand hygiene practices that prevent, control and reduce the risk of spread of Healthcare Associated Infections are in place.
  • Standard 8: Invasive medical device related infections are prevented or reduced.

The report of the inspection was published on the 28th of July 2016 on the HIQA website. While the authority found evidence of good practice across the areas examined they also identified some opportunities for improvement.

In line with the HIQA report recommendations St Michaels Hospital Management have now developed a Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) that prioritises the improvements necessary to comply with the National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections. The HIQA OIP Implementation Committee have reviewed and approved the plan.

St Michael’s Hospital will continue to work closely and in tandem with HIQA to monitor the implementation of the QIP and Hospital key performance indicators to provide assurances to the public that the Hospital is implementing and meeting the National Standards and is making quality and safety improvements that safeguard patients.

Click HERE to view St Michael's Hospital Quality Improvement Plan following the 2016 HIQA Inspection.

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