Preventing Infection Through Technology

Hospital acquired infections (HAIs) or nosocomial infections are a bane to the healthcare industry. Healthcare workers such as nurses and doctors are in direct contact to such harmful situations most of the time. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that roughly 1.7 million infected individuals acquired their illness from the hospital. In Europe alone, HAIs account for up to two-thirds of gram-negative infections. And with bacteria constantly evolving, becoming resistant to super drugs such as methicillin, vancomycin, and oxacillin, infection control is becoming more and more important in health care facilities.

Green For Go

Hand washing has always been the most standard precaution since time immemorial. Our mothers have always told us to wash our hands before meals to get rid of the germs. And yes, this fact is very true as proper hand washing can kill up to 99.999% of bacteria. But sadly, due to the hectic nature of the work of healthcare professionals, hand washing protocols have a very low compliance rate.

Nurses Preventing Infection Hospitals are beginning to implement a badge for healthcare professionals that will force them to comply with hand washing according to the World Health Organization’s standards; that is to wash before patient contact, before an aseptic task, after body fluid exposure, after patient contact, or after contact with patient surroundings. A badge either light up red to signal to the patient that the healthcare provider has not washed or vibrates silently telling this healthcare provider to wash within two minutes. Such a simple piece of technology can definitely help save lives.

Silver Clothing

Speaking of HAIs, most of these infections are acquired from the healthcare team who go from patient to patient spreading around everyone else’s bacteria. One piece of clothing technology is slowly making its way into the market to help curb that problem. Silver-lined clothing, that serves as an under scrub, not only protects the healthcare professional from infection but also prevents the spread of microorganisms from patient to patient. It is a stretchable, breathable, and quick drying fabric that has been massively tested revealing the death of microorganisms within minutes of contact, just enough time for a nurse to stroll down the hallway to the next patient.

Face-hugging Mask

Even in the operating room where sterility is gold, infections can still occur. As such, even after a clean operation, doctors still prescribe prophylactic antibiotics to help prevent infections. The rate of these infections can be reduced with the use of a new design in facemasks. The Smart-Seal Surgical Mask is a face-hugging mask that seals in to the user’s mouth and nose. These masks filter up to 99.9% of bacteria preventing infection all throughout.

All of these paraphernalia are great as our first line of defense against infection. These can help our nurses and other healthcare workers shield themselves.

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