Posts tagged: MRSAid Photodisinfection System

Why New Innovations In Infection Control Are Important To Our Future

Recently, a report from CTV’s medical specialist Avis Favaro and producer Elizabeth St. Philip highlighted our innovative technology being used at Vancouver General Hospital. After a year long project, the use of MRSAid nasal decolonization and chlorhexidine body wipes before surgery demonstrated a significant reduction in the number of patients contracting surgical site infections.

We are counting on public support to encourage early adoption of this important infection prevention technology in our healthcare facilities. Lives and better patient outcomes are at stake as so many of our current antibiotics have become less effective against a growing number of superbugs. Everyone now knows of someone who has died of an infection; this was not the case when I was growing up.

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Vancouver General Hospital’s MRSAid Pre-surgical Decolonization Team Wins BC Quality Award

“In addition to decreasing surgical site infections, the project raised awareness of the importance of preventing infections, increased communication and teamwork at multiple levels and across numerous services and departments, and also promoted antimicrobial stewardship” ~BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

Wow, we couldn’t be more excited by this news!

Dr. Elizabeth Bryce and her team at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) have been awarded the BC Quality Awards in the Getting Better category for their work implementing MRSAid Photodisinfection System and body wipes into their perioperative center.

This award is given to an initiative focused on improving care for acute illness or injury. Between June 2011 and May 2012, the team at VGH decolonized the noses of 5,300 patients using MRSAid. This procedure was done just prior to surgery, destroying any harmful bacteria that resides in the patient’s nose, and thus reducing their risk of developing an infection after surgery.

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MRSAid Photodisinfection System Featured On Canadian National CTV News

So, we’re pretty excited about this! CTV ran a story this past weekend featuring our MRSAid Photodisinfection System.

In the article, “Hospitals Using Light Technology To Keep Patients, Room Bug-Free,” they discuss how using MRSAid at Vancouver General Hospital has led to a 39% reduction in surgical site infections, and a $1.9 million cost savings to the hospital.

“It takes less than five minutes and it’s not painful,” said Dr. Wong, one of the dedicated team members at VGH. “Photodisinfection has several distinct advantages. It is not subject to any type of drug resistance and it doesn’t develop drug resistance.”

To watch this interview, click on the link below!

MRSAid Photodisinfection Technology Demonstrates Successful Results At Vancouver General Hospital

We did it!  After an intense year-long quality improvement project at Vancouver General Hospital, we’ve very excited to announce the successful results of this project.

Here are some highlights of the data:

  • Surgical site infections were reduced by 39%
  • Vancouver General Hospital saved ~$1.9 million
  • Readmissions due to surgical site infections decreased from 4 to 1.25 cases/month
  • 553 patient bed days were freed up
  • 138 more surgeries could be performed

In this project, patients were treated with MRSAid in their nose and given chlorhexidine body wipes prior to surgery. This was done in an effort to reduce the patient’s bacterial load and decrease their risk of developing surgical site infections.

Today is a very proud day for all of us. We can’t thank the amazing team at Vancouver General Hospital enough for their willingness to champion innovation and change. The results of this project mark a global first for photodisinfection as a non-antibiotic approach to reducing surgical site infections.

We have a very busy week ahead of us, so please stay tuned to this blog as we’ll be bringing you a lot more updates over the next few days.

To read the full press release, please click here: http://www.prweb.com/releases/OndineBio/12/prweb10229844.htm

And don’t forget to check out this video we did with some of the wonderful nurses at VGH:

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