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Hospital Authority reminds staff and patients on ward safety issue
The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     The spokesman for the Hospital Authority (HA) made the following reminder today (February 25) regarding ward safety:

     The HA reminded all hospital staff members and patients to properly place objects in ward to avoid unnecessary risks.

     The HA Head Office received a report from Queen Mary Hospital (QMH) today regarding an electric bed in a mixed specialty ward of the hospital being placed in a temporary location nearby the pipe duct on wall. Later, the plastic cover of the pipe duct was bumped, causing the cover to loosen, while the height of the electrical bed was being adjusted. The patient concerned and staff were not injured in the incident. The loosened plastic cover has two parts, with length of about 116 cm and width of 25 cm, and length of about 30 cm and width of 25 cm respectively. QMH has arranged maintenance staff to repair the loosened cover and inspect similar pipe ducts in the hospital.

     The spokesman for the HA understood that the environment of some hospital wards could be rather congested, and the hospital beds could be placed in different locations temporarily. When operating electric beds, staff members are reminded to pay special attention to the surroundings to avoid bumping other objects leading to danger. Hospitals will inspect the similar pipe duct covers to ensure they are secure.

     The safety of patients and staff is HA's utmost concern. The HA will implement different measures to enhance hospital safety. The HA appeals to all staff members and patients to cooperate in building a safe hospital environment.
Ends/Saturday, February 25, 2023
Issued at HKT 23:17
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