Infection Control in Healthcare Settings
As the new medical director of Tulsa Central Hospital, I will be implementing new hospital hygiene measures to reduce acquired infections.
Healthcare associated infections (HCAIs) are infections transmitted to patients (and healthcare workers) as a result of healthcare procedures, in hospital and other healthcare settings. Recent years have seen an increase in the awareness of HCAIs, in particular those caused by antibiotic-resistant 'superbugs'.
Scientists are developing a revolutionary hand hygiene technique which could have a major impact on the health of our hospitals.
The new technology being researched by Bath-based Creo Medical promises to boost cleanliness by providing swift, thorough, hand sterilization without the need for scrubbing with soaps and gels.
The new technology could make a dramatic difference to the fight against infection-and the Government's SBRI (Small Business Research Initiative) competition for new ideas and technologies is ensuring it gets every chance to succeed.
Hospital chiefs face a daily battle to improve hygiene standards, with superbugs like MRSA and c. difficile always on the radar.
The Non-Thermal Plasma Hand Sterilization System is being developed with Government funding and the support of the Technology Strategy Board in a bid to provide a new, user-friendly solution....
Instead of soap and water or sterilising gel, people would put their hands into the machine, similar to a modern hand-dryer, and a line of plasma-ionised gas with microbiological properties – scans across the hands, ensuring total coverage.
It is hoped that the technology will encourage more people to abide by hospital hand-cleansing requests, being quicker, easier and kinder to the skin, and be far more effective at killing bacteria.
Another way that I believe we can reduce HCAIs is to discourage hospital workers to change out of their scrubs before leaving the hospital. While the CDC doesn't make...