Category: Hospital

Implementing Hand Hygiene In Healthcare Settings – Sounds Easy? Think Again

Hospitals and healthcare facilities need to help raise hand hygiene standards. Here are some of the difficulties they are faced.

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Job Burnout and Hand Hygiene – Let’s Talk About It

Employees who suffer from job burnout have a higher chance of becoming apathetic to many workplace protocols, including hand hygiene protocols.

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The WHO’s 5 Moments for Handwashing

The WHO designed the “5 moments for handwashing” in an effort to diminish the risk of infection inside the healthcare system.

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Why Are Diabetic Patients More At Risk From COVID-19?

People who have contracted COVID-19 and suffer from diabetes have a higher risk of showing severe symptoms. Here’s why:

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News From Soapy: ECO Micro-Station COVID-19 Installation Improvements

Soapy has developed an app that will enable any institution an easy installation of the ECO micro-station, without the need for external help.

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Soapy is on the COVID-19 fighting map!

It’s an honor to be recognized as one of 80 Israeli startups fighting COVID-19 by Startup Nation Central.

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Coronavirus and Nursing Homes – What Can Be Done?

In the United States alone, there are 5 million senior citizens in nursing homes. In Israel, the population of elderly, aged 65 and over, is growing rapidly. In 2017, the elderly population of Israel crossed the 1-million line, amounting to about 11.6% of the total population.

But what are we doing to protect this layer of the population from the threat of coronavirus and other dangerous infectious diseases? After all, it is the elderly who are in the most vulnerable position to catch these illnesses. 

Some statistics

Probability of dying from coronavirus:

for 60-69 year olds – 3.6%

for 70-79 year olds – 8%

Elderly people aged 80+ are at the greatest risk, for them the probability of dying (in case they catch the Coronavirus) is 22%.

In addition, people with pre existing conditions such as respiratory system diseases, cardiovascular system diseases and diabetes are at a higher risk than healthy people. But it is precisely in old age that these complications are particularly prevalent.

Washington State as an example

At least 273 cases of coronavirus infection and most deaths (30 out of 38) occurred in Washington State. The main metropolis of this state – Seattle and its environs (total population – about 4 million people) became the largest outbreak of coronavirus in US.

19 of those 38 deaths in the state occurred at ‘Life Care Center’ – a nursing home located in Kirkland, a satellite city of Seattle with a population of about 90,000 people.

But why exactly did nursing homes become one of the most active distribution channels for coronavirus?

  • Coronavirus carries an increased danger for the elderly and those whose body is weakened by chronic diseases. There are almost no elderly people without chronic illnesses, so patients in nursing homes are doubly vulnerable.
  • The staff is in very close contact with the elderly. The staff themselves travel from the nursing home to other, less isolated locations where they are exposed to possible infection. Part of the staff, due to poor hand hygiene, will bring the infection to work.

Nursing homes need to adapt to new realities

  • Each staff representative should wash their hands efficiently and at appropriate intervals.
  • We must ensure the greatest possible isolation of the elderly from the outside world, but at the same time, we must give them the opportunity to feel needed and protected.
  • If you want to help and act as a volunteer, contact your local nursing home, social services or community charity organizations to see where you can contribute.

Soapy offers a unique solution for monitoring the hygiene of staff and patients. A smart micro-station for washing hands, which provides the right amount of water and reagents for washing hands and enables washing without touching a faucet. 

Micro-station also helps in ensuring that the hand-washing is performed correctly every time.

 

 
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Adoption of the WASH in Health Care Facilities Resolution at the 72nd World Health Assembly

At the 72nd World Health Assembly, agenda item 12.5 (Patient Safety) had a focus on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in health care facilities. The Global Hand washing Partnership, along with over 170 signers, signed on to a Civil Society Organization letter.The WHO Member States have now adopted the resolution to improve safe WASH services in health facilities around the world for safer patient care. The resolution asks Member States to develop national roadmaps, establish and implement standards, and invest in systems to support sustainable WASH services.It also requests that the WHO provide leadership, mobilize resources for investment, report on global progress, and in emergencies, help coordinate and implement WASH and infection prevention and control in healthcare
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Teen dies from tapeworm infection in brain

A man in Indian had numerous tapeworm larvae cysts in his brain, a condition known as neurocysticercosis. Above, MRI images showing cysts in the man’s cerebral cortex (left) and brain stem (right).THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE
When a young man in India started having seizures, doctors scanned his brain and found a grim image: His brain was dotted with parasitic cysts — the result of a severe and ultimately fatal tapeworm infection.
The 18-year-old man was taken to the emergency room after having so-called tonic-clonic seizures, in which a person loses consciousness and experiences violent muscle contractions, according to a new report of the case.
“According to the WHO, preventing infections with Taenia solium will require a wide range of public health interventions, including improving personal hygiene…”
The man appeared confused and had swelling over his right eye. His parents told doctors that he’d also been having pain in his groin for a week. An MRI of his head showed numerous cysts in the outer layer of his brain (known as the cerebral cortex), as well as in his brain stem, according to the report, published today (March 27) in The New England Journal of Medicine. He also had cysts in his right eye and testes. [27 Oddest Medical Case Reports]
The man was diagnosed with neurocysticercosis, a parasitic disease that occurs when a person ingests microscopic eggs from a pork tapeworm (Taenia solium). When the eggs hatch, the larvae can travel throughout the body, including to the brain, muscles, skin and eyes, where they form cysts, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
This tapeworm is common in developing nations, including countries in Latin America, Africa or Asia. Neurocysticercosis is one of the most common causes of seizures around the world.
The illness can be life-threatening and even fatal. The Indian man’s case was particularly severe. The sheer number of cysts in his body meant that he couldn’t be treated with anti-parasitic medications, which in severe cases like these, can worsen inflammation in the brain and eyes, potentially leading to brain swelling and vision loss, the report said.
The man was treated with steroids and anti-epileptic medications, which are standard treatments for the disease. Unfortunately, doctors couldn’t save him, and the man died two weeks later, the report said.
According to the WHO, preventing infections with Taenia solium will require a wide range of public health interventions, including improving sanitation, personal hygiene and food safety, as well as better identification and treatment of patients.
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Originally published on Live Science.
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Hand Sanitation in Hospitals

One of the most upcoming innovations that has arisen in the healthcare industry is the arrival of hand hygiene monitoring systems used to measure and maintain the level of hand hygiene of healthcare taker in hospitals and clinics around the United States (Digital Journal, 2019).
Spread of germs due to deficient hand hygiene by hospital employees has been cited as one of the most important factors leading to recovery time of patients. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, healthcare providers fail to reach sufficient hand hygiene about 50% of the time, and on any given day, approximately one in 25 hospital patients experience at least one healthcare- associated infection attributable to hand hygiene (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2018). Similarly, The World Health Organization has cited hand hygiene as one of the most important recommendations to improve healthcare around the world, and has advised as a mechanism for the increase of the use of hand hygiene monitoring systems (Digital Journal, 2019).
One of the most recent hand hygiene monitoring systems that has been developed include the biotechnology company, BioVigil Healthcare Systems.
BioVigil Healthcare Systems, from Ann Arbor, Michigan, is one of the most recent upcoming biotech companies that has focused on hand sanitation solutions for the health care industry. BioVigil has a number of products including Healthcare worker’s worn badges, room sensors among other products. Functioning similarly to Soapy the product focuses on increasing the hand hygiene by producing frequent and easily accessible stations for improving hand washing or sanitation Their main product is an infrared sensor that senses whether or not a healthcare provider has utilized hand sanitizer before seeing a patient, detecting the presence of alcohol on the employees’ hands. The device scans the hands of the health care provider, and beepsand turns green if the employee is approved. The company has successfully been implemented in hospitals around the US to provide an extra measure of protection against bacteria and sanitation issues within hospitals.
According to CBS local news, hospitals such as SUNY Downstate have stated that installation of the BioVigil or similar systems has dramatically reduced hospital related infections (CBS News, 2018).
Citations: Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2018. Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings. Centers for Control and Prevention. Retrieved from: https://www.cdc.gov/handhygiene/index.html
Digital Journal, 2019. Hand Hygiene Monitoring System Market by Segmentation Based on Product, Application and Region, 2018-2028. Digital Journal. Retrieved from: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/4162978 CBS News, 2018. Hospital in Brooklyn Combines Hand Washing With High Tech To Prevent InHouse Infection. CBS Local News. Retrieved from: https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2018/03/28/suny-downstate-biovigil-system/
Digital Journal, 2019. Hand Hygiene Monitoring System Market by Segmentation Based on Product, Application and Region, 2018-2028. Digital Journal. Retrieved from: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/4162978 CBS News, 2018. Hospital in Brooklyn Combines Hand Washing With High Tech To Prevent InHouse Infection. CBS Local News. Retrieved from: https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2018/03/28/suny-downstate-biovigil-system/
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