Proactive deep clean by a Portstewart care home
A care home based in Northern Ireland has reportedly undertaken a deep clean as a result of a recent D&V outbreak and as a precaution against “increased cases” of norovirus in the local area, according to a recent report on the Causeway Coast Community website.
The “correct infection control outbreak measures” taken by Madelayne Court Care Home in Portstewart seem to have been successful, with no new cases having been reported.
Residents with symptoms were isolated, appropriate notices displayed and the reduction of staff movement between floors and units were among the procedure implemented, says the article.
Hand washing with soap and water
The report also highlights the importance of effective hand hygiene being implemented at all times – and doubly so when there is the danger of norovirus. And it warns against the temptation to fall back on the use of gels at the expense of a more “traditional” hand wash on the grounds that their effectiveness is marginal at best.
“Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water, particularly after using the toilet and before preparing food. Don’t rely on alcohol hand gels, as they do not kill the virus.”