An amusing letter in today's BMA News. Dr Simon Landen writes, "My trust has just completed an extensive, disruptive and costly 'deep clean'. With this is mind, I visited a patient with a broken leg."
"She had a wooden stick with a hand-shaped hook. I asked her what it was for, and she replied that it was for scratching beneath her cast. She said it belonged to a lady two beds down, who had been using it to scratch beneath her cast and to pull back the curtains around her cubicle."
"Further investigations revealed that the stick had been used by five patients in the previous 24 hours."
With every body worried about MRSA and C.diff it is about time that someone on the ground observed what was actually happening rather than central government issuing edicts on how to clean hospitals.