Monday, 14 March 2011

Is the tide beginning to turn?

As we know and indeed we have written about ourselves not all healthcare workers comply with their hand hygiene protocols due to the current product for hand rubs being alcohol based.
Alcohol is supported in guidelines by many key authorities and this in itself is creating a barrier against improving compliance as many hospitals will not “go against” these guidelines, and therefore not offering proven non alcohol based products.
Ebiox has been focussing on helping improve compliance in the healthcare setting, by working with those healthcare workers who have suffered with the use of alcohol hand rubs. No more so than the IPO Hospital in Porto, where an evaluation has been conducted using the Ebiox Esense Hand Sanitising Foam Rub especially by those who have problems with the use of alcohol.
The evaluation has been completed and this has led to the Commission to recommend to the Hygiene and Safety at Work Department that Esense should always be readily available to those workers who have “ intolerance to the utilization of alcohol as hand disinfectant”.
Everyone should be working towards the best hand hygiene practice as the evidence shows that it is the most effective way of reducing HCAI’s. What the IPO Hospital Porto has shown is that there is a key place for Esense non alcohol based hand sanitizing product in best practice as well as providing Duty of Care to both staff and patients.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Time for Change

As an active biocide, alcohol has limitations. With frequent use, alcohol-based sanitisers can irritate the skin and damage certain surface materials. In addition, they require special secure storage due to their flammable nature. They also are known to evaporate quickly – possibly before they have finished their intended task. Some epidemiologists allege that the alcohol content of many hand hygiene products dissipates before users can reasonably complete the widely-prescribed Ayliffe Technique for applying the product. Still, alcohol-based hand sanitisers are the only ones made available to the majority of healthcare workers. Does this make sense? – especially considering that non-alcohol based alternatives have been tested, approved and are now available. 

Monday, 7 March 2011

Trionic A2Z Area Disinfection Dry Mist System

We are very excited to announce that we have signed an agreement with Amazon Bio-Guard Ltd a company which offers a system for total room or vehicle disinfection.

There is a growing demand for total room or vehicle disinfection and there are a number of competitors already offering such devices into our market sector, however there can be a number of issues with the current offering, process time, complex protocols, complex systems, cost, damage to materials in the room and surface wetting.

The Trionic A2Z Area Disinfection System has a number of features which provides answers to a number of these issues:

         Simple and easy to use system
         No complex protocols
         Shorter process times
         No surface wetting
         Cost effective

We believe this is an excellent addition to our product portfolio, one which offers many opportunities and the potential for pull through of other products such as Trionic wipes. Our aim as Ebiox is to offer a comprehensive range of solutions for Infection Prevention and Control.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Interesting Article Online HES Healthcare Equipment and Supplies

Hand hygiene and HCAIs: Why it is time to look at alternatives to alcohol-based antimicrobial hand rubs.

Anyone with an interest in Infection Prevention and Control and a focus on Hand Hygiene should find this article of great interest.

It would be good to hear peoples thoughts.