Avoiding Food Borne Illnesses When Unwell

STS Food Pathways

While food borne bacterial illness can affect anyone, people with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable.

The immune system is the body’s natural defence against ‘foreign invasion’. In healthy people it will fight off harmful bacteria and other pathogens which cause infection, however if someone is ill their immune system can be compromised. People who have weakened immune systems include those with:

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • HIV/AIDS – 300 times more likely to get sick from listeriosis than people with normal immune systems
  • Transplant patients

People who take gluticocorticosteroids, such as cortisone, are also at risk as taking the medication reduces certain aspects of immune function. Gluticorcoticosteroids can be used to treat illnesses such as asthma, autoimmune diseases, allergies or sepsis.

As a health care provider, it is your responsibility to ensure that an outbreak of food-borne illness does not occur within your organisation.

Salmonella is a highly infectious illness which can be spread by person to person, hence why outbreaks often occur in nursing and residential care homes, hospitals and nurseries.

Recent research has discovered that outbreaks of listeriosis within a hospital environment are almost always associated to the consumption of pre-packed food, especially sandwiches.

You may have sufficient food safety controls within your catering department; however, do you actually monitor all the food pathways within your facility including retail outlets and food which is brought in to patients by their friends or relatives? We’ve found outbreaks can often be traced back to these pathways.

STS is the leading food safety specialists in healthcare. With over twenty years’ experience working with the NHS and their supply chain as well as private hospitals; you can be assured we are the experts when it comes to protecting your patients from food-borne illness.

For more information on how you can safeguard your patients and reputation, speak to a member of our team today on 01252 728 300.