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Nurses turn to red boxes in battle with MRSA

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Around 50 red plastic boxes have been recruited to help nurses in Doncaster rectify gaps in infection control procedures.

Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Foundation Trust has introduced a new five-step decontamination procedure for pressure-relieving equipment after an eight-day internal audit discovered that mattresses and pumps were not being cleaned thoroughly.

As part of this, the trust’s tissue viability team has developed a ‘red box’ system that requires staff to package up pressure-relieving devices to be sent away for thorough decontamination.

Red boxes containing all the necessary equipment have been placed in each ward and department and a five-step procedure ensures the correct paperwork is filled out, and devices are packed away appropriately in red bags then correctly sealed and labelled.

Tracy Vernon, tissue viability lead nurse at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, said: ‘Ward staff have adopted the new procedures enthusiastically as they can clearly see the benefits in reducing HCAIs like MRSA and Clostridium difficile.’

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