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Hessian hygiene regulations for clinics should come this year
After finding contaminated surgical cutlery in the Fulda and Kassel clinics, the Hessian Minister of Social Affairs announced the introduction of a hygiene regulation for all Hessian hospitals. Recently, the hygiene deficiencies in the Hessian clinics had accumulated and led to far-reaching restrictions on operations. A state that, according to the Hessian Minister of Social Affairs, Stefan Grüttner (CDU), is unacceptable. Therefore, a uniform hygiene regulation is to be adopted this year.
Hygiene regulation regulates the hygiene structure and its monitoring The new Hessian hygiene regulation will include regulations for the hygiene structure in the clinics and their monitoring by the authorities, the Hessian Minister of Social Affairs said on Saturday in Gießen. The basis of the new hygiene regulation is the hospital law that has been in force since the beginning of the year, Grüttner continues. In the end, however, the clinics on site are responsible for compliance with the hygiene standards, whereby the staff also need correspondingly better training to meet this responsibility. Therefore, hygiene specialists have to be trained more intensively in care and technology and doctors should also specialize in this area, explained Grüttner. In order to meet the changed requirements for the qualifications of the specialist staff, the state government is currently developing new offers for the appropriate training and further education in cooperation with the state medical association.
Hygiene regulation should involve health authorities more closely According to the Minister of Social Affairs, the planned hygiene regulation should not only take responsibility for the clinics, but also oblige the health authorities to monitor hygiene in hospitals more intensively. The Ministry of Social Affairs will ask the health authorities to "put the focus of their work increasingly on the monitoring of hygiene in hospitals," said Grüttner. The social minister also announced that he would soon start discussions with the Hessian hospital society and the local umbrella organizations regarding the implementation of the planned measures. The goal will be “to develop common strategies to improve hygiene in hospitals.” Similar events as with the contaminated surgical cutlery in Fulda and Kassel are to be avoided in the future. However, the findings of the contaminated surgical cutlery also showed that the state inspection mechanisms work, emphasized Grüttner. According to the Minister of Social Affairs, what has led to the contamination is still being investigated, but has so far remained unclear.
Experts warn of hygiene deficiencies Hygiene experts have long been criticizing the poor hygiene situation in many German clinics. The German Society for Hospital Hygiene (DGKH) has repeatedly criticized that hygiene deficiencies in hospitals, for example, an increasing number of infections with MRSA - multi-resistant bacterial strains of the genus Staphylococcus aureus (staphylococci), which are resistant to treatment with common antibiotics - condition. Klaus-Dieter Zastrow, spokesman for the DGKH, emphasized the importance of uniform regulations throughout Germany, since "bacteria (...) are (everywhere) the same, for them there are no differences between the federal states." on hygiene, there is often still a considerable need for action, explained Zastrow last year. (fp)
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