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How to Deal With Pathogenic Microorganisms on Stethoscopes?

“Stethoscopes can take part in the transmission of health care-associated infections. We cultured 112 stethoscopes by direct imprint on blood agar to estimate the prevalence of potentially pathogenic microorganisms. Forty-eight (47%) produced 50 potentially pathogenic microorganisms; from these, 43 (86%) were Staphylococcus aureus, of which 18 (42%) were methicillin-resistant S. aureus. We concluded that stethoscopes should be considered as potential fomites and must be disinfected routinely before and after each patient contact.”

The above quote was taken from a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control on October 31, 2013, reminding us of all of the ways germs can be transmitted within the hospital. Just like a physician’s neck tie, lab coat, and blood pressure cuff, we know there are many common items in healthcare facilities that are capable of easily transmitting harmful bacteria. Instead of trying to wipe each item down with a disinfectant cloth, we have a better recommendation. By placing your stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, cell phone, keys, thermometer, pens, etc., into this mobile uv light station for 60 seconds, you can protect yourself and those around you from over 300 dangerous germs. UV Flash disinfecting system has shown a 100% kill rate on C. difficile, staphylococcus aureus, and acinetobacter baumanni in just 60 seconds.

This simple and effective disinfection solution saves healthcare workers from dealing with messy chemicals or spending too much time on disinfection. Just place the items inside, shut the door, and press start. The UV Flash is recommended for waiting rooms, clinics, lobbies, medical offices, nursing stations, ICU’s and more. See the proof.

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5 Ways To Save Time In Sterile Processing

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One of the complaints we hear most often from Central Sterile Processing Departments is that there are too many instruments to clean and not enough time. Surgeries are delayed, instruments pass through unclean and SPD workers get frustrated. Too much responsibility falls on this department to have them feeling this way. This is what it looks like when technicians don’t have proper time and tools to properly clean each instrument.

Dirty Surgical Tools

Interior Lumen AFTER Sterilization

1.) Flush and Brush Station

The daVinci instruments used in robotic surgeries do phenomenal things but they also create a lot of hassle for technicians. Instruments get lost, they are hard to clean and difficult to keep altogether. This station from Midbrook Medical sits in the base of the sink and helps technicians keep track of what has been scrubbed already and prevents instruments from contaminating each other. Read More flush and brush 1

2.) Recipe Baskets

These recipe baskets were designed to help central sterile processing techinican’s ability to efficiently follow the Instructions for Use to reprocess full recipe sets of da Vinci Robotic Surgery. Instruments can be transferred from the Flush and Brush Station to the recipe baskets for the Midbrook Ultrasonic Bath. Like the Flush and Brush Station, the baskets are designed to keep surgical sets together during reprocessing allowing CSPD Technicians to reprocess recipe sets for each surgical procedure in a more efficient manner.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA3.) The Tempest Surgical Instrument Washer

One of the reasons the Tempest is on the list is because of its automation. With the push of a button the lid comes down and runs a programmable cycle to bring repeatable results.  This instrument washer uses a combination of high-powered, tested, and proven washing actions: ultrasonics, enzymatic soaks, agitation, exterior and interior sprays, and air injection bubble cavitation stream. The instruments are cleaned effectively far surpassing AAMI standards. Just think of what you could accomplish in SPD during this automated 30 minute cleaning cycle.tempestbanner400x289

4,) The UV Flash

Sometimes accidents happen, even in hospitals. What happens when instruments get dropped? Well the good news is that problem can be solved. In 60 seconds. The UV Flash uses UVC light to disinfect objects. All bacteria on the surface of an object will be eliminated by using this station.

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5.) Less Repeat (O.K. I know this isnt a product but it’s true!)

Since you’re using the Tempest surgical instrument washer, instruments are being cleaned more effectivly. Since more clean instruments are making their way into the hands of surgeons, less unclean instruments are making the trip back to sterile processing. Sometimes instruments come out of SPD with bio-burden on them so visable that surgeons send them back before even using them. This creates more work for technicians that is really unnecessary. If you do things right the first time, you won’t have to do it again. At least until after the surgery….

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September 12, 2013

Hey NFL Physicians Society, WAKE UP!

MRSA Infections in the NFL

MRSA Infections in the NFL

Ok, maybe that’s too harsh of a title to use, but read the rest of the article and then let’s decide. I recently read an article talking about the serious issue affecting the NFL. The article talks about how the NFL Physicians Society has sent several newsletters and memos to the league, reminding them to “remain vigilant” about trying to prevent MRSA infections. Players like The Tampa Bay Buccaneer guard, Carl Nicks and place kicker Lawrence Tynes are fighting MRSA, a potentially life threatening staph infection resistant to most antibiotics.

One of the reasons this has become a problem seemingly more prevalent in the sports world,  is because these athletes are extremely sweaty. They are in close contact with each other on the field and in the locker room, sweating on the turf, equipment, towels and a ball that they pass from one person to the next.  Then there are the mouth guards. Continuously taken in and out of their mouth with their hands or dropped on the ground. Yuck!

So what does the NFL Physicians Society suggest these athletes do to prevent this increased risk of infection?  “Hand washing and good hygiene.” That’s the best advice they offer. And while suggesting hand washing and good hygiene is better than nothing at all, I think there has to be more that can be done.

It’s the year 2013, we know more about the spread of infection than say, 50 years ago. What kind of technology or science can we utilize to help these sweaty athletes stay healthy? One example I can think of is to utilize UVC light that we know is proven to kill germs. Have the players place those mouth guards and towels, etc. into a UV Flash that can disinfect in 60 seconds.

I’m sure a lot of you reading this also know a thing or two about infection prevention practices and have a few ideas yourself. The issue of infection not only lies in the NFL player’s locker room. We have to remember it’s rampant in the real world too and that’s an even bigger problem. Maybe the NFL needs to become a role model for hospitals and medical facilities!

I’m not saying hand washing doesn’t help limit the transfer of bacteria but if it was working so well, we wouldn’t be having such an epidemic. Other than hand washing, what would you suggest the NFL do to prevent the spread of infection? Who knows, maybe next year’s NFL Health and Safety Report will feature your idea as a new standard practice.

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June 21, 2013

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5 Daily Activities that Take Longer than the UV Flash

Our new product, the UV Flash Infection Control System, is kind of incredible (if we do say so ourselves). In only 60 seconds, you can give an item a complete 360° disinfection. 60 seconds? One minute? 1/60 of an hour? That’s practically nothing. Here are five things that you already do that take longer than the UV Flash:

1.    Brush your teeth

We hope…

 2.    Check your Facebook notifications

Is it morning break time? Are you in a boring afternoon meeting? It’s okay, we’re all guilty of it. But in the time it took you to comment on that weird picture of your neighbor’s cat, the UV Flash could have disinfected the smartphone you’re scrolling through your timeline on.

3.    Heat up some microwave popcorn for your favorite TV show

I like kettle corn and The Bachelorette. My sister likes lightly buttered and The Wire. Whatever your preference is for the popcorn or TV show, the time it takes to prepare that snack is at least twice as long as one cycle of the UV Flash.

4.    Figure out where you left your car keys (for the 5th day that day)

I wish this one wasn’t true.

5.    Read this blog post

That’s right, in the time it took you to read this amazing blog post (not even counting the time lost when you were distracted by the thought of popcorn) the UV Flash could have completed at least one full cycle. If only my Monday mornings were that efficient…

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Fight hospital acquired infections with more than just clean hands

Washing your hands?  Really?

Whenever an article is published on fighting germs and the spread of infection in a healthcare setting, inevitably, the theme of the piece centers around proper hand hygiene.   Can we all just assume that as a given?

Let’s put a little more thought into our battle with the killer superbugs like MRSA and C diff.  This issue needs a little more creative innovation to test and implement some solutions.

Education and dissemination of what is available on the market now is paramount to spreading the gospel of solid infection prevention practices.  The use of anti-microbial copper alloys in place of stainless steel as the material of choice whenever possible is one means of doing more than what is common now.

Identifying residual bacteria after cleaning has been performed on everything from IV poles to surgical instruments will measure what has been accomplished and encourage health care workers to continue to be diligent in their efforts.

Using UV light stations as means of destroying bacteria and spores on everything from stethoscopes, to I-Pads, to charts as they are moved from patient room to patient room.

All of these items are available today.  All of them are effective, along with washing your hands.

Now the effort must be made to lobby for implementation of these new arrows for our wickets so all of so our colleagues can have the same chance at success in the battle with superbugs like MRSA.

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