Dirty ambulances help spread superbugs, claims union
Extract from The Guardian:
"NHS ambulances could be helping to spread potentially deadly infections such as MRSA, a union said today.
Poor cleaning arrangements and a lack of resources are exacerbating the problem, a nationwide Unison survey found.
Experts warned there had been little progress since the issue was raised two years ago.
Unison officials called for "urgent action" and the removal of dirty ambulances from service for cleaning.
"Ambulance cleanliness is a key factor in the battle against healthcare-related infections and the standards laid down should be strictly applied and monitored," said Sam Oestreicher, Unison's national officer for ambulance staff.
"The guidance on ambulance infection control is comprehensive, but in practice the essential resources necessary to keep vehicles clean and infection-free are not being provided.
"In many trusts, ambulance crews are responsible for cleaning their own vehicles and this is a waste of their time and training.
"They should be out there saving lives, not mopping out the back of a dirty ambulance.""
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