August 29, 2013

Thursday

Infection Prevention- “And” is Better

Have you seen the new Ford commercials?

It’s a pretty ridiculous ad, but do you see their point? Why would we choose between two options when having both is better? In the case of Ford, a foot activated lift gate AND great gas mileage is better than one or the other. And what about these other duos?

Macaroni AND cheese, Bert AND Ernie, Twist AND Shout…

Better together, right?

It reminds me of the sentiment that I’ve seen reiterated over and over in LinkedIn discussions, news articles, and success stories: infection prevention needs an all-hands-on-deck and it doesn’t have just one solution. When it comes to infection prevention, “and” is better.

In a patient’s room:

  • Hand hygiene: cuts down on the spread of germs and bacteria, but it’s impossible to ensure 100% compliance
  • Antimicrobial copper: kills 99.9% of surface bacteria within 2 hours, but it’s not financially possible for most hospitals to copperize every single surface in a hospital
  • Hand hygiene AND Antimicrobial copper: eliminating more germs and bacteria through hand hygiene and copper high touch surfaces

In an instrument washer:

  • Ultrasonic bath: breaks up bioburden on instrument surface
  • Ozonated water: world’s most effective bacteria-killer
  • Ultrasonic bath AND Ozonated water: elimination of bioburden and bacteria leading to instruments that consistently pass AAMI standards

In disinfection:

  • UVC full room disinfection machine: disinfects rooms, but only the surfaces facing the machine
  • UV Flash: 360° disinfection of hard to clean objects at a high risk for cross-contamination such as stethoscopes, laptops, and more
  • UVC full room disinfection machine AND UV Flash: ability to disinfect rooms as well as the entire surface area of commonly used objects; both of which cuts down on cross-contamination

Creating standards:

  • Standardized processes: ensures everyone is following the best proven procedures while cleaning instruments in sterile processing departments, preparing a room for a new patients, etc.
  • Standardized results: ensures that each healthcare facility is aiming for an objective and measurable level of clean
  • Standardized processes AND results: no more articles with tips on which hospitals to choose and which to avoid because everyone is following the same procedures and achieving the same high level of clean

Yup, “and” is definitely better.

What are some other infection prevention combinations you can think of?

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