Infection Control

SEM Scanner detects pressure sores before they become a problem

The SEM Scanner

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.

How hygiene can make up for funding cuts

Canon Hygiene's Steve Nurdin

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.

Managing and Controlling the Risks of Legionella in Care Homes

Legionella Stansted Laboratories

Legionella bacteria is commonly found in water and especially in purpose-built water systems such as cooling towers, evaporative condensers, hot and cold water systems and spa pools as well as water fountains. The bacteria can multiply where water temperatures are between 20-45°C whereas the bacteria is normally dormant below 20°C and does not usually survive above 60°C.

Diversey Care Acquires Daylight Medical UVC Disinfection Portfolio

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Sealed Air’s (NYSE: SEE) Diversey Care division has announced it has acquired the UVC disinfection portfolio of Daylight Medical, a manufacturer of innovative medical devices.  The portfolio acquired includes UVC disinfectant technologies designed to disinfect rooms, surfaces, non-critical equipment and devices. Daylight’s solutions are noted for their highly innovative, portable and affordable design, allowing safe and targeted dosing of UVC light to quickly and effectively kill harmful pathogens, including bacteria and C. difficile. The agreement also gives Diversey Care access to a robust innovation pipeline.

New formula Sansafe®

Cromwell Polythene is re-launching its Sansafe® hygienic bin liners, with a new formula, using recycled, rather than virgin material, as well as a more powerful scent additive. The liners are tested to ISO22196, offering antimicrobial product protection resulting in hygienic liners for sanitary and medical disposal services, waste management and janitorial sectors”.

A new benchmark for macerator infection control

Haigh

Haigh, who design and manufacture macerators worldwide, is embarking on a new era following the launch of new machines to dispose of pulp bedpans and human waste.

 

Macerators are already used by 85% of UK hospitals and are becoming increasingly popular in care homes as their use is highly linked to infection control.  Whilst Haigh already has a British engineering pedigree dating back over half a century, recent developments have been created through independent laboratory testing and with large district hospitals so that ward staff helped structure improvements.

 

New training programme launched to help care homes improve infection control

Care homes across the UK can get up to speed on infection control, continence care and health and safety thanks to a new training programme. 

Infection control product specialist Cairn Care has launched the online tool that provides homes with up-to-date training materials that can be downloaded at any time of the day or night. 

Resources include advice on cleaning schedule, infection control plans, advice posters and basic workplace training tools. 

It also contains useful information to help care home customers use Cairn Care’s products correctly and effectively.

The training hub forms only part of Cairn Care’s new website which also comprises of a new online store dedicated to the UK residential care sector in the UK. 

Hill Care leads the way with new infection prevention technology

HILL CARE Group is pioneering the use of cutting edge infection control technology after signing a deal with Delivered Health Solutions (DHS).

 

The care home operator, with 18 homes across the North of England, will be the first in the sector to use TECcare® ENVIRONMENT™ technology. It aims to further enhance already robust infection prevention controls and procedures and set new standards for the care industry.

 

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Aquarius Water Solutions Ltd

Aquarius Water Solutions Ltd

Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal type of pneumonia, contracted by inhaling airborne water droplets containing viable Legionella bacteria. Such droplets can be created, for example, by: hot and cold water outlets; atomisers; wet air conditioning plant; and whirlpool or hydrotherapy baths.
 
Anyone can develop Legionnaires’ disease, but the elderly, smokers, alcoholics and those with cancer, diabetes or chronic respiratory or kidney disease are at more risk.
 
Health and social care providers should carry out a full risk assessment of their hot and cold water systems and ensure adequate measures are in place to control the risks.

Environmental decontamination in Care Homes

There is increasing evidence that the environment plays a significant role in the spread of infection in settings in which vulnerable people are cared for. Potential pathogens can survive on surfaces for considerable periods of time, examples include: MRSA surviving for over a year in dust, and spores of Clostridium difficile remain viable for over five months. Viruses too can survive in the surrounding 

Infection Control with the FlipPad in a nursing home

In a Nursing Home where infection control is paramount, there is a requirement to clean surfaces with specialised medical wipes. Apple has indicated that the iPad can only be cleaned with a lint cloth. In fact they state that any other method of cleaning would invalidate the warranty. We solved the problem by placing the iPad Air 2 in a medical grade case called the FlipPad.

The FlipPad was designed to be cleaned with the harshest infection control sprays and sporicidal wipes. This includes high concentration chlorine bleach. These are the first chemicals to hand when combatting a Norovirus infection. C-Diff is particularly hard to eradicate and studies have shown that it can survive on hospital floors for up to 5 months.

Omnicell launches OMNICELL EMAR to improve Medication Management

Almost 70% of care home residents have experienced at least one error in their medication regime (1). Omnicell UK & Ireland, a leading provider of medication adherence packaging and automated healthcare solutions, has launched a new automated medication management system that will help tackle this serious issue by reducing the risks associated with using a paper medication administration record (MAR) sheet in a managed care home.

Deodorise Carpets & Upholstery quickly and easily.

The first universal step in deodorization is to find and eliminate the source of the odour, in general terms this ‘source’ is described as ‘soil’ and removal is achieved by cleaning. Although there are many different methods of carpet and upholstery cleaning the most efficient method when dealing with body fluids and food spillages is the Injection / Extraction method. 

Legend Brands Europe are launching a range of injection extraction machines on to the European market.  Manufactured by our parent company in America, using what we believe to be the best quality components available and with “state of the art” modern design, we are expecting them to be popular both with the user and the owner. These machines are designed for professional use in commercial environments.

The MP’s View: Advancing Hand Hygiene Compliance in the NHS

 

Andrea Jenkyns, MP for Morley and Outwood and founder of the ‘Handz’ hand hygiene campaign, refocuses the attention that must be paid to the prevention of healthcare associated infections (HCAIs).  After personally experiencing the devastating impact of HCAIs, and recent data indicating a rise of the number of cases recorded, Ms Jenkyns is calling for urgent action to improve hand hygiene compliance across the NHS. The 21st century NHS is facing many challenges, one of these being an increase in HCAIs. A number of healthcare workers are failing to adhere to adequate hand hygiene practises whilst at work, causing infections to hospital patients to spread. This is a pertinent concern which must be looked into, sooner rather than later.