HEALTHCARE QUALITY ASSURANCE &
AUDITING SOFTWARE AND CONSULTANCY
When you choose Medical Audits technology systems you will triple your auditing capacity, drive improvements in compliance and provide safer, better patient care
Robust leadership in infection prevention and control is essential for effective decision-making, efficient use of resources and ensuring the provision of high quality, safe, effecitve, person-centred care (HIS, 2015)
Medical Audits provide advice, support, training, consultancy and auditing services to Acute hospitals, Nursing homes, Hospices, Residential care settings and other Healthcare providers so they can continue to provide and maintain a safe environment for their clients and residents during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Every year over 300,000 patients in England acquire a healthcare associated infection whilstin hospital. These infections cost the NHS more than £1 billion a year
Medical Audits have the knowledge and skills to provide key services including Infection Prevention and COVID-19 training and HIQA Infection Prevention standards audits to Nursing Home, Care home and healthcare providers
so they can do all in their power to reduce risks of spread of infections.
Medical Audits have been providing Norovirus Outbreak prevention and Infection Prevention audit and consultancy services for many years.
Our team of experienced clinical and quality assurance staff have decades of experience in Healthcare which they are happy to share with you.
We can come on site, assess your risks for outbreak and advise on a strategy to reduce risks
Norovirus (also known as NLV, SRSV, “Winter Vomiting Disease or winter vomiting bug) is the most common cause of viral gastroenteritis (diarrhoea and vomiting) in Ireland, UK and indeed worldwide.
It is the gastrointestinal equivalent of the common cold. In any year 1% - 5% of the population can expect to be affected by this virus – up to 5,000 people per week in Ireland alone.
Norovirus and hospitals
Hospitals are particularly effected during outbreaks.
Patients enter via Accident and Emergency departments, mix in overcrowded areas and are then admitted to different wards leading to hospital wide outbreaks.
Some out breaks have been traced back to visitors and staff.
Norovirus and Schools and Colleges
Norovirus can spread through schools and colleges infecting staff and students alike.
Classroom and campus wide outbreaks of Norovirus are not uncommon.
Immunity to Norovirus
Immunity to Norovirus is short lived- often only 2-3 months.
For this reason, people can become infected on numerous occasions during a single year.
Prevent Outbreaks and reduce spread of infection
The virus spreads on the hands of individuals who touch contaminated surfaces and then ingest ‘eat’ the virus by putting their fingers and hands up to their mouth and face.
Unfortunately it is not always possible to prevent outbreaks due to norovirus, simple interventions can minimise its effects.
Rapid recognition of an outbreak is essential to any further management and control. Surveillance of sudden onset diarrhoea and vomiting in patients can be problematic due to the effects of post-operative anaesthetic and medications.
Early actions such as environmental cleaning, frequent thorough handwashing, cohorting of ill patients and exclusion of ill staff are effective ways of restricting the extent of outbreaks.
We specialise in providing unbiased, professional and expert auditing and consultancy services including :-
Our independent audits can be used to complement your internal audits and inspections and provide unbiased, in-depth reporting on all aspects of facilities cleanliness and compliance with best practice healthcare standards.
We can review your current Standard operating procedures or prepare SOPs from scratch.
We will review best practice standards and develop leaflets and information you can distribute to patients, families, students and teachers alike.
We can provide staff training on cleaning practices and provide advice on how to prevent further outbreaks.
Norovirus does not distinguish between schools, colleges, universities and healthcare institutions.
If there are people – then Norovirus can and will spread.
We work with education providers and healthcare providers alike to assist them in identifying areas for improvement and causes of deficiencies.
We can come on site and work with you to develop your own local auditing schedules and auditing tools and teach you how to evidence compliance with healthcare cleaning contracts and National cleaning standards.
Expert, Confidential Advisory Services
Compliance Monitoring, Consultancy & Advice
Professional, Independent, Licenced Auditors
Experienced Healthcare Professionals
Delivered on-site, Bespoke & Accredited Programmes
Train the Trainer Programmes, External Accreditation Preparation,Document Review & Preparation