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I read an interesting article in a publication called Helio this week, which reports on a study into whether patient handwashing (as opposed to focusing on staff handwashing) can cut C. difficile rates in hospitals. The study found that education on patient hand hygiene significantly reduced the incidence of infection and noted that despite extensive evidence proving that hand hygiene is important in preventing infection, hospitalised patients are often not provided with the opportunity to clean their hands, due to mobility and cognitive obstacles as well as lack of education.
The investigators aimed to improve patient hand hygiene through staff education and patient assistance, to determine if it would reduce the rate of C. difficile infection (CDI). They conducted baseline surveys to assess patient hand hygiene, before giving staff an educational presentation on the importance of patient hand hygiene for preventing infection, which included specific times they should encourage and assist patients with hand hygiene practice.
Staff then provided education and assistance to newly admitted patients, and researchers conducted additional surveys after implementation of this intervention. During the first phase of the study involving just four medical-surgical nursing units, patient hand hygiene education increased significantly after the intervention.
Overall, 97 follow-up surveys showed the proportion of those who received hand hygiene education increased from 34% to 64%, the opportunities provided for hand hygiene increased from 60% to 86%, and the average number of times hand hygiene was performed daily increased from 2.7 to 3.75.
After expanding the intervention throughout the hospital, 189 follow-up surveys showed that patient hand hygiene education increased from 48% to 53%, although overall opportunities for hand hygiene remained unchanged from 68%, and daily frequency of patient hand hygiene did not change significantly. Notably, CDI rates dropped significantly during the six months following hospital-wide implementation.
The investigators concluded that patient hand hygiene "should be considered a potential addition to CDI prevention measures in hospitalised patients." It's obvious really, isn't it? We've been so busy blaming the hospital staff and cleaners for the spread of HAI's, that we've lost sight of the fact that patients need to be kept clean too. Immobile patients really can't really keep themselves clean, and if staff so much as manually take a patient's pulse or plump up the pillows, they're likely to pick up germs, transferring them to multiple surfaces as they move about the hospital and on to the next patient...
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This Week's News
The International Cleaning Trade Fair CMS Berlin 2017 - Cleaning.Management.Services. ended on a bright note. From last Tuesday to Friday, the 23,000 industry representatives from more than 70 countries - including 18,300 trade visitors from every branch of the cleaning sector, were able to network whilst obtaining information about the commercial cleaning products and services on offer.
This represents an increase of more than 10% compared with CMS 2015.
It was the unusual spelling of the Fooom modular dispensing system that first got our attention at last week's CMS. Apparently the Netherlands based company were the inventors of the spray soap and toilet seat cleaner, and Koen van den Braak (left) and his colleague Jeroen (right) were on hand to tell us about their latest innovations.
Fooom offers a full range of innovative dispensing products from which the customer is free to choose and combine various pump types, refill options and dispenser enclosures.
The Lindhaus LB4 L-ion Superleggera Backpack vacuum cleaner is superlight and multifunctional. Designed to be light for ease of use, but without compromise to performance, the LB4 L-ion weighs only 4.9 kg battery included, but offers a 5-stage filtration system and air volume lift of 30 litres/sec.
The electric version weighs only 3.8 kg and provides air volume lift of 52 litres/sec.
Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, part of Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, has recently achieved accreditation to the Cleaning Industry Management Standard. David McGarrigan, associate director, estates & facilities, proudly says of the award:
"Over the past three years we have transformed the way we deliver cleaning services at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, the achievement of CIMS accreditation now gives us a platform for delivering a sustainable quality environment for our patients."
IDEXX has announced the launch across Europe, The Middle East and Africa, of Legiolert, a new culture testing method that enables building owners and facilities managers to simplify water testing and reduce the risk posed by Legionnaires' disease.
Legiolert is a highly sensitive method for the confirmed detection of Legionella pneumophila (L. pneumophila), in water and delivers results to decision-makers up to seven days faster than traditional testing methods.
The global industrial vacuum cleaner market is expected to witness a value and volume Compound Annual Growth Rate of 5.3% and 4.5% respectively during the forecast period, with the market anticipated to reach a market value of US$ 729.9mn by the end of 2027.
As part of its ongoing commitment to patient safety, EvergreenHealth has partnered with Clorox Healthcare to bring advanced ultraviolet light disinfecting technology to the health system's existing patient safety and infection-fighting protocols.
The Clorox Healthcare Optimum-UV Enlight System will complement EvergreenHealth's comprehensive infection control plan, which combines manual surface disinfection with the new pathogen-killing UV technology.
Incentive QAS, the specialist cleaning company, has been awarded a three-year contract by Workman, the property management and building consultancy firm, to provide a range of soft services at 80 Cheapside in the City of London.
Incentive QAS and sister company, Incentive FM, currently deliver solutions at several of Workman's regional shopping centres; however this represents the first commercial property contract between the two organisations.
Have trouble cleaning the edges of floors or staircases? You're not alone! These are the main reasons that the iVo Power Brush XL is so much loved. It is a powerful yet lightweight scrubbing tool that can be used for a huge variety of scrubbing tasks.
The XL is a compact unit, with the removable, rechargeable battery located in the handle. The battery can be easily removed for charging, and spare batteries are available for continuous cleaning capability.
Kaivac, developer of the No-Touch Cleaning and OmniFlex cleaning systems, marks a milestone in its corporate history. The company is moving 9th October, 2017, to a new, multi-building corporate campus in Hamilton, Ohio - a move president & CEO Bob Robinson Sr, says was needed because of significant business growth in the past few years in the US, Canada, and overseas.
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