Nurses are struggling in the battle against healthcare associated infections such as MRSA and C diff because of a lack of proper cleaning facilities, according to a survey.
One in three nurses do not have access to a dedicated room for cleaning hospital equipment, meaning they have to perform this vital task for patients in bathrooms, according to the Royal College of Nursing research.
Findings were based on an ICM survey of 2,000 nurses, commissioned by the RCN, showing that frontline nurses face huge challenges in the every day battle against healthcare associated infections (HCAIs) like MRSA and C diff.
Nearly four out of ten (39%) of nurses said cleaning services are nor provided by their organisation 24 hours a day and almost a quarter (23%) have not had mandatory infection control training in the last year.
More than a fifth (21%) of nurses have to store clean hospital equipment in bathrooms due to limited space and more than a third (34%) of nurses responsible for decontaminating patient equipment have never had any formal training on how perform the task.
RCN chief executive and general secretary, Peter Carter, said: ‘While employers are saying that tackling infection is a high priority, they are not matching it with enough money for nurse training. If we’re going to rid the NHS of these potentially lethal infections, the government needs to make employers set aside enough time and money for nurses to train.’