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Antibacterial Wipes Are Just Spreading Germs

Cardiff University in Wales did a study that showed hospitals that routinely use antibacterial wipes to disinfect are actually spreading germs instead of killing them. The research targeted three types of wipes and their effects on killing MRSA. All three of which were found to transfer high amounts of bacteria to a high amount of other surfaces. Once a staff member wipes one surface, they typically use that same wipe to wipe down other items as well. First the handrail, then the table, then who knows what else. The wipes were picking up the bacteria but they weren’t killing the bacteria, therefore essentially transferring the bacteria to its next point of contact. Disinfecting wipes aren’t only used in hospitals but also in schools, gyms, stores and in most homes, amplifying this already serious issue. nm_wipe2_080603_mv

We can’t reasonably expect a staff member to use and discard of one wipe for every small surface they clean. So what is a hospital to do?

Many facilities are adopting the use of Antimicrobial Copper  to address this problem.  The EPA registered material is effective against major super bugs like E.coli, MRSA, Staph, VRE and many more. Virtually any surface can be transformed to copper and kill greater than 99.9% of bacteria within two hours.  Antimicrobial Copper can be a tremendous addition to any infection control program saving hospitals both time and money.

Another option to combat the spread of infection is the UV Flash, 60 Second Infection Prevention Station which uses ultraviolet germicidal light to kill over 300 different germs. The station is often placed in waiting rooms, nurses stations, ICUs and other medical environments to disinfect a multitude of germ ridden objects like stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs, and cell phones.

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Wish You Could Prevent The Spread of MRSA, CRE and E-coli More Easily? With Antimicrobial Copper, You Can.

This video will make you wish your hospital used Antimicrobial Copper. Antimicrobial Copper is used all over the world yet many hospitals still havent caught on to the highly effective strategy. Whether you work in a healthcare facility or you find yourself visiting the hospital, remind your healthcare authorities, they could be protecting patients from potentially lethal bacteria by utilizing the power of Antimicrobial Copper. The biggest culprits transferring bacteria like overbed trays, I.V. poles, table tops, handrails and more can become safer for both patients and employees as well.

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by | 11/07/2013 · 11:40 am

How To Kill The Norovirus

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New research carried out in the South could help wipe out the winter vomiting bug norovirus, saving hundreds of lives. Scientists from the University of Southampton have discovered that copper kills the bug almost instantly.

Experts say if the surfaces we touch constantly like door handles, taps and stair rails are made with the metal, it would drastically reduce the spread of infections. Christine Alsford spoke to Professor Bill Keevil from the University of Southampton and a norovirus patient Serena Spencer-Jones.

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by | 09/18/2013 · 10:00 am

September 10, 2013

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Did you know?

Built in ancient Egypt, the Pyramid of Cheops is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. When archaeologists excavated the Pyramid more than 5,000 years after it was built, the copper tubing used in its plumbing system was still functional. Now that’s some durable construction!

source: copper.org

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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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August 27, 2013

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Did you know?

Most of you know Charles Darwin for his work on the theory of evolution. But did you know this 19th century scientist also took advantage of the antimicrobial properties of copper? Darwin’s ship, The H.M.S. Beagle, had a copper covering on the submerged section of the ship’s hull. This covering kept barnacles and other microorganisms from attaching to the ship, keeping The H.M.S. Beagle in shipshape (pun intended) condition.

source: copper.org

And here’s the answer to yesterday’s Mash Up!

The Medici Effect wordsearch full answers

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August 16, 2013

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5 Places (besides hospitals) that Need Better Infection Prevention

At Midbrook Medical, we are all about infection prevention. And as you can probably guess from our name, we usually focus our prevention efforts in the healthcare world. Eliminating the international epidemic that is Healthcare-Acquired Infections is something we believe should be on the top of everyone’s To Do List. But infection outbreaks and superbugs aren’t limited to healthcare facilities. There’s no security guard stopping MRSA at the exit door of a hospital saying, “Um sorry you can’t leave, you’re an HAI.”

A Healthcare-Acquired Infection outside of a healthcare facility is simply an infection. And these infections are equally as dangerous no matter where you contract them.

That’s why we can’t limit our infection prevention efforts to healthcare facilities only. Many of the advances and technologies we discuss everyday on our blog need to be implemented anywhere where there is a risk of contracting infection.

And, really, anywhere there are human beings, there is a risk.

But some places are more prone to outbreaks than others. Take a look at these 5 places that desperately need proper infection prevention:

1. Retirement Homes and Assisted Living Communities

On a superbug or infection FAQ sheet, there are always risk factors listed, things that increase the chance of contraction. One of the recurring risk factors is age. The elderly tend to have a weaker immune system, making them more prone to infections. Think about how it takes your grandma twice as long as you to get over a cold. And that’s just a cold. Getting over something like C. diff. would be another story altogether. Another group with a higher infection risk is those already on antibiotics. Maybe it’s just the elderly in my life, but I swear they take about half the drugstore every morning with breakfast. If you combine these risk factors with the fact that these communities have a lot of people living in close quarters, then you understand why they really need to be careful about preventing the spread of infections.

2. Dentist Offices

We talk all the time about cleaning the surgical instruments used in the operating rooms at hospitals, but what about those surgical tools used to pull out your wisdom teeth or fill a cavity? Those are some intricate tools that, if not cleaned and sterilized properly, could pass on infections just as easily as those in a hospital. And think about the number of patients that go in and out of a dentist’s office every single day. They’re sitting in the same waiting room chairs, they’re using the same doorknobs, and they could easily be passing on or receiving infections.

3.  Apartment Buildings and Dorms

My freshman year in college I think I vacuumed my dorm room two times at the most. In the dining hall, I ate too many cookies and not enough infection-fighting spinach. I didn’t get enough sleep. My throat hurt one time for about 2 weeks before I even thought about seeing a doctor. And I shared a community bathroom with all 30 girls in my hall. College dorms and apartments with young tenants are great for creating memories with your friends but a nightmare for infection prevention.

4. Athletic Facilities

Before I began working at Midbrook and doing any research on infections, I actually thought MRSA was something only athletes ever got. I had read so many articles on high school football players contracting it from unclean locker rooms or someone with MRSA going to their gym with an open wound and causing an outbreak. Athletic facilities, with their poorly cleaned machines and crowded, damp locker rooms, are breeding grounds for all sorts of infections.

5. Schools

Let’s talk about your average high schooler. She’s moving to a different classroom every hour, using the rusty old drinking fountain in the hall, taking the beat-up hall pass with her to the bathroom, sharing her dessert with her friends at lunch, and chewing on her pen. Honestly I could go on and on about the ways students are exposed to infections in a single classroom, let alone an entire building.

Each of these places poses a risk for infection in its own way. There isn’t one solution we can use to combat them all, just like there isn’t one solution that can eliminate HAIs. But there are technologies and methods already in existence that can be used to really make a dent in these infection rates. Ideas such as antimicrobial copper or UV light are already making waves in the healthcare world but can be just as effective in other settings as well. As long as we don’t get tunnel-vision, we can continue to combat infections, no matter where they appear.

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