St Philip’s Hospital has invested heavily in advanced surgical equipment and surgical methods. Most people are aware that infections are serious complications and that infections are particularly disastrous if they occur during surgical operations such as hip or knee replacements, cataract and cosmetic operations.
Many state hospitals are plagued with overcrowding and lack of hygiene. Both overcrowding and lack of hygiene have been shown to increase the risk of infections in hospitals. At St Philips Hospital every patient has his / her own room - so that there is less risk of catching an infection from another patient as happens in a general ward.
Alcohol dispensers are found outside patients’ rooms so that doctors and nurses can sterilize their hands every time after examining a patient. These two factors have been shown to be crucial in diminishing the risk of cross infections.
Technology also plays an – most surgical operations at St. Philip’s Hospital are performed in dedicated operating theatres with laminar flow.
Laminar flow ventilation in the operating theatre also reduces the risk of infection.
Compared to normal ventilation, vertical laminar flow has been shown to decrease the incidence of post-operative infections by around 50%.
In Laminar airflow, the air is forced to circulate in one direction by powerful motors in the operating area.
Air is changed some 400 times per hour in the vicinity of the patient on the operating table. It has been shown that this is one of the most effective ways to prevent infections.