Majority of hospitals fail hygiene test

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A damning report from the medical regulator Swissmedic shows hospitals in the country have a serious problem with hygiene.

Almost all the 35 hospitals checked showed they were not following correct procedures on sterilizing equipment – with a small minority failing at a ‘critical’ level.

The report shows there were also failures on maintaining medical equipment and a lack of suitable training for staff. 

Swissmedic has not released the details of which hospitals performed the worst – but generally larger institutions are better than the smaller ones. 

The report says the practice of out sourcing maintenance is producing mainly poor results. 

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