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Saolta says steps being taken to address issues identified by health watchdog at UHG

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Steps are being taken to address a number of issues identified at UHG which may be contributing to the presence of a superbug.
It follows an unannounced inspection by health watchdog HIQA earlier this year, to monitor the prevention and control of healthcare associated infections.
It found that despite overall good practice, a number of concerns could be key factors in the ongoing presence of CPE.

The surprise inspection at UHG revealed a number of failures which are likely contributing to the ongoing outbreak of a dangerous superbug known as CPE.
CPE is a potentially fatal infection which is highly resistant to antibiotics and has been present at a number of Irish hospitals – including UHG – since last year.
While HIQA’s inspection found there is clear accountability over infection control at UHG and strong evidence of good practice, it raised a number of concerns.
These include inadequate toilet facilities, lower than desirable levels of hand hygiene compliance, insufficient isolation facilities in the emergency department and lack of dedicated equipment for patients with CPE.
It highlighted the lack of single ensuite rooms at UHG and noted that in some rooms one toilet was shared by 14 patients – which is considered a potentially significant factor in the spread of the superbug.
In response, Saolta says it welcomes the recognition of overall good practice at UHG and its committment to improving infection prevention and control.
However, it accepts there are areas for further improvement which will now be focused on through the development of a full quality improvement plan.
This will include a review of its infection prevention and control policies and equipment and hand hygience audits as well as improved discharge communication.
Saolta adds that UHG is in full compliance with national CPE screening guidelines and efforts to date have been successful in containing the number of new cases.

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Galway TY students invited to attend real estate work experience course

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Transition Year students in Galway interested in real estate are invited to attend a virtual work experience course.

DNG is hosting 3rd level colege presentations, online auctions and an auctioneering and property services apprenticeship programme.

500 students are expected to sign up the the programme, with over 1,000 students taking part over the past two years.

The course will take place from Wednesday to Friday of next week, and registration is on ty.dng.ie

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€4.4m funding for ‘Shape-shifting’ implant medical device led by University of Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – €4.4m in funding has been awarded for a ‘shape-shifting’ implanted medical device led by University of Galway.

The funding from the European Union is for the SMARTSHAPE project – which aims to provide continuous blood pressure monitoring.

Hypertension is the leading global contributor to premature death – but there is no clinical standard of monitoring beat-to-beat blood pressure outside hospital settings.

The SMARTSHAPE consortium is led by Professor William Wijns, Research Professor in Interventional Cardiology at University of Galway’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

Professor Wijns explains how this device will benefit patients

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Councillor hits out at ongoing issues of pungent smells of sewage in Gort town

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local councillor is slamming the lack of action over what he describes as pungent smells of sewage in Gort town.

Councillor Joe Byrne says the odour has escalated in the past 12 months and he claims Irish Water will not address it.

It comes as the town had a boil water notice lifted last month which had been in place since early December of last year.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Councillor Byrne explains the impact it’s having on the community:

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