Walking into the hospital is always daunting because it’s confusing and not a place people visit under normal circumstances. So when I went to St. Paul’s last week after my grandpa had open heart surgery I tried to be prepared. I looked up maps so I wouldn’t get lost meeting my sister in the hospital and set off with my “Get Well Soon” balloon in tow. The one thing I wasn’t prepared for was the ensuing reality check.
As we began our trek to the cardiac unit, my sister insisted we stop at every hand washing station. No, she doesn’t have obsessive compulsive disorder; she works in a hospital so she knows the importance of maintaining proper hygiene.
MRSAidTM would like to congratulate Dr. Cale Street on being profiled on CEO Clips where he discusses the severity of Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) and future plans for MRSAidTM. Dr. Street touches upon the seriousness of superbugs that are becoming resistant to antibiotics and subsequently resulting in difficult to treat HAIs.
MRSAidTM is currently being used at Vancouver General Hospital for patients undergoing select surgeries in order to reduce the risk of developing post-surgical site infections. Since MRSAidTMdoes not generate bacterial resistance, this is a milestone in the fight against HAIs and antibiotic resistant superbugs. Watch the video below:
The US Department of Health and Human Services has created an interactive training video simulation that lets you participate in life-changing infection control decisions. In a program called Partnering To Heal:Teaming Up Against Healthcare-Associated Infections, the video educates viewers on how to prevent some of the most serious healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), such as surgical site infections, from occurring in hospitals.
There are five character options in the simulation-a doctor, a nurse, an infection preventionist, a family member or a third-year medical student. You are completely in control of each person and every decision that you make will change the patient’s life forever. The dramatic and sometimes shocking outcomes allow you to peel back the curtain of medical care to better grasp the impact of your decisions and how they can affect your patient’s health.
Every year on April 7th, we celebrate World Health Day to mark the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO). Under this year’s theme of “Combating Drug Resistance,” the WHO is challenging healthcare professionals around the world to take action and implement change to address the growing problem of antibiotic resistance. Ondine is pleased to be able to respond to this challenge by entering into an innovative partnership with one of Canada’s largest hospital to introduce a novel non-antibiotic decolonization therapy aimed at reducing hospital-acquired infections (HAI’s).