Monthly Archives: July 2013

July 31, 2013

Wednesday

At Midbrook Medical, we are working towards improving infection prevention everyday. But we also want to make this infection prevention cost-effective. That’s why we refurbish out-of-order or older machines to get them back in top-notch condition. These refurbished machines, such as the sterilizer featured in the video clip below, offer a more affordable option for facilities looking to improve their Sterile Processing Department.

Take a look at this demo to see our refurbished equipment department in action.

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July 30, 2013

Did You Know?

If you get an HAI (Healthcare-Acquired Infection), you will remain in the hospital an average of  17.6 DAYS LONGER than what was required for your original recovery. That’s:

  • 2 1/2 weeks of missed work
  • 2 1/2 weeks away from your family
  • 2 1/2 weeks away from your friends
  • 2 1/2 weeks stuck in the same hospital bed
  • 2 1/2 weeks of recovery that could have been prevented…

What would YOU miss in 2 1/2 weeks?

source: infographicsarchive.com

Here are the answers from yesterday’s Mash Up! How did you do?

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July 29, 2013

Monday Mash-up

Can You Spot the Difference?

Take a look at the 2 pictures below. The first is the original picture of the Midbrook Medical UV Flash. The 2nd is very similar, but with FIVE changes made to it. Some are easy to spot, and some are more difficult. See if you can find them all!

Original UV Flash

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New UV Flash

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Check back tomorrow to see the answers. And then let us know how you did! Was it too easy? Too difficult? We want to know!

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July 26, 2013

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The First 5 Items to Copperize in a Patient’s Room

You’ve heard me talk about the benefits of antimicrobial copper quite a few times already. I’ve shared facts and trivia, showed videos, and addressed doubts. But switching to copper can be overwhelming. Maybe you’re even panicking a little, thinking, “There are so many surfaces I touch every day, should I just construct a building entirely out of copper and be done with it?” If you actually want to do that, go for it! And make sure you use Midbrook Medical for the supplies :). But the rest of us need to start a little more slowly.

Maybe you’re trying to convince your boss copper is a worthwhile investment. Maybe you don’t have the funds to go copper crazy just yet. Or maybe you just have to see something to believe it. All of this is completely fair.

So let’s start with one room. One room, 5 items. That sounds a little bit more realistic doesn’t it? Here’s where you can start:

1. IV Pole

Patients who are hooked up to an IV have to take that pole everywhere. It’s next to their bed at night, they push it along as they walk up and down the hallway, and it’s even with them in the bathroom… Need I say more?

2. Bedrail

If someone is a hospital patient then, obviously, they are not at their full health. Maybe they broke their leg, maybe they’re getting chemotherapy, or maybe they already have an HAI. No matter what, the chances of them using their bedrail for support to get in and out of the bed, and spreading their germs all over it at the same time, are high.

 3. Chair armrests

We talk about patients spreading their infections, but what about the visitors? No one is screening them to make sure they’re healthy before they walk into the room. A patient’s younger brother could still be in the early stages of a MRSA infection when he comes to visit his sibling and sits down in that chair.

 4. Over-bed table

This table is what the patient’s FOOD is touching, which puts us in a tricky situation when it comes to cleanliness. Obviously, you can’t use any spray or solution that could possibly be toxic, but the surface that could come into contact with the patient’s mashed potatoes needs to be as bacteria-free as possible.

 5. Mayo Stand

The Mayo Stand is where a doctor sets his or her actual surgical instruments. Enough said.

The Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu once said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Well, I’ve given you 5. You’re ahead of the game.

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July 25, 2013

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Why You SHOULD Be a Teacher’s Pet

Last week I read an article about an infection breach at a hospital in Kansas. At this hospital, over 200 patients have to be tested for HIV and hepatitis because the endoscopes used for their colonoscopies weren’t sterilized properly.

Can you imagine? People getting colonoscopies are the ones who are responsible about their health, the ones doing what their doctor tells them, the “teacher’s pets” of the population (as a teacher’s pet myself, I mean that as a compliment). Now it’s almost like they’re being punished for it.

Even scarier than that was my reaction to the article. “Well, I’m never going to a hospital again,” I immediately thought.

As soon as I heard that run through my mind I stopped. What? Is that what we’ve come to? Are people going to get scared and stop going to hospitals when they need to? Imagining a world where people are at risk for HIV because of a colonoscopy is hard enough. I don’t even want to think about a world where people are afraid to even set foot in any healthcare facility.

So let’s take this seemingly helpless situation and see what we can do to take control again.

I said the people getting colonoscopies are the “teacher’s pets” of the population, the proactive patients. Perfect. Let’s all be proactive teacher’s pets when we go to a healthcare facility. Ask your doctor or your nurse how they’re cleaning the instruments being used. Make sure they know you’re trying to be responsible about every single thing that goes into your body. They’ll understand. We look at doctors and nurses like they’re some higher species, but even they have been a patient at some point in their life. They understand that there’s always that small fear about what could happen, about how it could go wrong. And, especially if you remind them, they’re going to make sure everything is as safe as it possibly could be.

Now let’s address my reaction to the article. Obviously, I can’t go the rest of my life without stepping foot in another hospital. Well, I suppose I could. But how would that help me? I might not get an HAI (Healthcare-Acquired Infection), but I could die from some other disease that could be cured in a healthcare facility. In some ways it seems like luck or a roll of the dice, but almost everything in life is.

My point in all of this is that we can’t live our lives in fear of what could happen. We need to instead focus on the things in our control. We need to ask the right questions, hold our healthcare facility responsible, be that teacher’s pet, and do our part. Our part is all we can control, and we have to trust that everyone else will do their part as well.

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July 24, 2013

Wednesday

In Their Own Words- Sterile Processing Department Technicians

Take a look at this clip from the Today Show segment on dirty surgical instruments in healthcare facilities. As this technician explains, Sterile Processing Department (SPD) Technicians in the United States are not required to be certified (with the exception of New Jersey SPD workers).

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July 23, 2013

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In the mid-20th century, the now-famous Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in Israel. Most of these scrolls were made of animal skin and had religious writings on them. One, however, was written on copper and, instead of a religious message, had clues to a treasure! This treasure remains a mystery today.

I wonder if the person who wrote those clues knew that, like the riches he or she tried to lead us to, the material used for the scroll would become a “treasure” for healthcare facilities today.

Make sure to check out the results from yesterday’s Battle of the Cartoons!

Trivia source: copper.org

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