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Infection, Prevention & Control

The World Health Organization ranked the Mater Private as the best hospital in Europe for hand hygiene during 2013. The Mater Private has one of the lowest rates of hospital acquired infection in Europe.

Monitoring Process

Infection Prevention & Control (IPC) at the Mater Private Hospital is fundamental to our delivery of safe patient care. It can have a profound impact on the patient and their ability to recover. Be assured it is something that is always top of our focus in the delivery of care.

We follow a "Search & Destroy" approach to infection – we seek to find it and deal with it, before it finds us.

We monitor for a range of infections and identified risk points so that we can stay ahead of any infection risk. Our program spans all elements of hygiene and infection control, for example:

  • Infection Surveillance and Management
  • Multi-resistant Organisms such as MRSA and organisms of specific interest such as Clostridium Difficile
  • Surgical Site Infections
  • Device Associated Blood Stream Infections (BSI)
  • Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
  • Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP)
  • Equipment Cleanliness
  • Hand Hygiene

Hand Hygiene

Care Starts with Clean Hands. Hand hygiene has a major role to play in the prevention of infection as clean hands reduce the risk of spread of bugs and infections. In June 2013, the World Health Organization ranked Dublin’s Mater Private Hospital as the best hospital in Europe for Hand Hygiene. The hospital underwent the WHO’s European Hand Hygiene Award Inspection and was delighted to have achieved this honour. At the Mater Private we have developed a highly successful Infection Prevention and Control programme, part of which educates and trains staff in the importance of good hand hygiene technique. There are 5 key moments for hand hygiene which is a key focus of our training and simple guidelines for the use of hand wash or indeed hand-washing. As a patient or a visitor, never feel uncomfortable checking if someone has cleaned their hands or asking them to do so.

5 Moments of Hand Hygiene