The Royal Bournemouth Hospital has taken active steps to help reduce the risk of contamination and improve the patient environment on some of its wards by installing new Infection Control Enclosures (ICE).
The ICE pods are temporary bespoke prefabricated cubicles which can be erected on wards for patients who have a bacteria or virus, such as norovirus or MRSA, enabling staff to control any outbreaks.
Each pod has large, transparent windows, with opaque lower level panels to offer privacy and dignity. They include all the features of a normal bay on a ward, such as alcohol rub, oxygen, power sockets and roof-mounted air conditioning units to enhance circulation inside.
Staff nurse Becky Waite said: “The introduction of these pods enables faster isolation of infected patients and this is vital as the hospital looks to minimise the risk of bugs spreading. They are high-tech, don’t compromise privacy and are comfortable.”
Infection control nurse Sharon Collinson said feedback from patients had also been positive, adding: “This is a new innovation for our Trust and we are offering staff, patients and visitors the opportunity to complete a questionnaire to gain their views on the new installations.”
So far, the pods have been installed on wards 2, 14 and 15, and will soon be introduced on ward 3.