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The importance of hand hygiene has been understood and accepted for a long time. The majority of infections – around 80 per cent according to studies – are passed by hand to hand contact or by touching a contaminated surface. This is why hand hygiene and surface disinfection are critical to infection prevention in hospitals, care homes and other settings.
One would imagine that hand hygiene would be the easiest of everyday activities to get right. We all learn at an early age to wash our hands before eating and after going to the toilet. But studies have shown that relatively large numbers of people forget – or refuse – to do this. Even in settings such as hospitals, where poor hand hygiene can have serious consequences, studies suggest that processes can be improved, compliance rates increased and infection rates reduced.
mikrozid®universal from schülke UK – experts in infection prevention – has a unique low alcohol formulation, with a dual action. Offering both cleaning and disinfection of surfaces in a single product, mikrozid universal is ideal where short contact times are required and prolonged exposure to moisture could cause damage. Effective against bacteria including TB, and viruses like norovirus, mikrozid universal is compatible with a wide range of materials including keyboards, touch screens, leatherette furniture, surfaces of medical equipment and work surfaces.
Ben Kilbey, Business Development Manager at Spearhead Healthcare
Every care manager knows that a systematic, structured approach to cleaning is the only way to keep infections at bay and to protect residents and carers effectively – as well as your own reputation.
Based on our extensive experience of helping hundreds of care homes like yours implement a best-practice infection control programme, here are our three guiding principles to set you on the right course.
Clare Long, business account manager for care at the Professional Division of Miele, discusses effective infection control for care facilities…
An infection control plan is a series of policies and procedures that every care home should have in place to ensure hygienic standards, prevent the spread of infection and keep residents, staff and visitors safe in the care environment. Even the most conscientious team can struggle to control infectious diseases if they don’t have guidelines to follow, and this is where your documented infection control plan comes in really useful. Here are some of the factors and regulations to take into account when introducing or revising your infection control plan for laundry procedures:
Care and Nursing Essentials editor Victoria Galligan spoke to the team at Bruin Biometrics, who are behind the SEM Scanner. The scanner can detect pressure damage before it is visible to the naked eye…
Could you outline the workings of the SEM Scanner - how does it detect the moisture under the skin?
The SEM Scanner is a, hand-held portable device that has been designed to measure sub-epidermal moisture (SEM) (also known as localised oedema) which is an invisible precursor to the development of incipient pressure damage.
The analogy we like to use is one of an oil tanker moving through water. The oil tanker is the actual damage to the skin and tissue, but the big wave in front of the oil tanker is the leading indicator of damage. The Scanner therefore gives a leading warning of skin and tissue being in trouble even before you are able to see that trouble developing on the skin’s surface.
Steve Nurdin, marketing manager at Cannon Hygiene, explains how an effective hygiene strategy can help care homes providers achieve positive customer feedback and attract new business.
The UK social care system is facing a crisis and care homes will be hit the hardest. Spending cuts and unsustainably low budgets – on average £620 a week – have led to care home providers not being able to cover day-to-day costs, according to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). The Guardian also recently reported that social care spending has decreased by £7bn since 2010 and English councils plan to push through another £700m in social care cuts by the end of 2019.