News ottobre 2016

Clinell UV360 Significantly Reduces Clostridium difficile Incidence

October 2016

NEW YORK (October 6, 2016) – Ultraviolet C light disinfection to clean unoccupied patient rooms significantly reduced C. difficile infections (CDI) in high-risk patients who later occupied those rooms, according to a study published today in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. The no-touch device, used after patients with CDI were discharged from the hospital, also resulted in substantial healthcare savings, estimated between $350,000 and $1.5 million annually. 

“UV light disinfection is a fast, safe, and effective technology to reduce the risk of C. difficile infection associated with the hospital environment,” said David Pegues, MD, lead author of the study and a professor of Medicine in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
“The success of this technology is dependent on Environmental Services employees as a critical partner in our ongoing efforts to eliminate hospital-acquired infections such as C. difficile and
to improve patient safety.”

The study was conducted in three hematology-oncology units at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania during a one-year period (February 2014-January 2015). Results showed that adding UV disinfection to typical disinfection protocols reduced the incidence of CDI by 25 percent among new patients in these units, compared to the prior year. At the same time, CDI rates increased 16 percent in the non-study units during this period. The team found that using the ultraviolet robot after a room cleaning by members of the Environmental Services team not only reduced the number of infections, but did so without adversely impacting room turnaround time. According to this study, room cleaning took only five minutes longer on average compared to non-study units.

“These findings have real implications for both health systems and patients. The effectiveness and efficiency of UV-C robots make it a practical and cost effective technology that will benefit hospitals around the country and save people’s lives,” said Pegues.

The technique, known as ultraviolet wavelength C germicidal irradiation, uses short-wavelength ultraviolet light to kill microorganisms. CDI is one of the most common healthcare-acquired infections in the United States and is associated with serious complications. It is resistant to many surface disinfectants and can persist on surfaces, making it an ongoing risk for transmission to patients.

While the UV disinfection device proved to be effective at reducing CDI incidence, it showed no effect on other healthcare-associated infections, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

David Pegues, Jennifer Han, Cheryl Gilmar, Brooke McDonnell, Steven Gaynes. “Impact of Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation for Terminal Room Disinfection on C. difficile Infection Incidence among Hematology Oncology Patients.” Web (October 6, 2016).

 
IPS 2016 Quiz Me winners

October 2016

This year we had a great turn out for the Quiz Me game, thanks for coming along! The winners from each day were Karen Hawker, Kirsty Louise Morgan and Jean Robinson. Congratulations, enjoy your tablet and Amazon vouchers!img_4155

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Study demonstrates the value of Clinell 2% chlorhexidine wash cloths

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A new study shows that daily bathing using Clinell 2% chlorhexidine wash cloths dramatically reduces the transmission of carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii where other measured failed. In the Korean intensive care unit where the study was performed, the proportion of patient who acquired this extremely antibiotic resistant pathogen was reduced by more than half, from 21% to 10%. Previous attempts to address this organism using enhanced screening, contact precautions and environmental disinfection had failed to bring the outbreak under control. Another important finding from the study is that there was no development of resistance to chlorhexidine, despite its daily use on the unit.

Carbapenem-resistant A. baumannii – sometimes known as 'CRAB' – is an emerging issue worldwide. It combines a very high level of resistance to antibiotics with a propensity for causing problems in the sickest patients, for example, in intensive care and burns units. The organism often colonizes the skin, so the use of daily bathing using a chlorhexidine wash cloth makes sense – and this study shows that this intervention works.

Further work is being performed in other hospitals to evaluate the effectiveness of Clinell 2% chlorhexidine wash cloths for reducing the transmission of CRAB and other pathogens.

ips 2015

IPS 2015

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We would like to thank all those who attended Infection Prevention 2015 and took the time to visit our stand. It is so good to see so many familiar faces and to meet new ones. It was lovely to be back in Liverpool and the organising committee did an incredible job of making the event fun, educational and thoroughly enjoyable. We'll never be able to look at an Air Steward in the same way! It was rewarding to see the people and Trusts that we work with regularly receiving the credit their hard work and dedication deserves, in the IPS annual awards. We hope our industry leading aftercare support has helped them to achieve some of their goals. We are especially proud of our Clinical Director, Martin Kiernan, who won the Brendan Moore Award for his continued excellence in Infection Prevention and Control.

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The GAMA Healthcare stand was very busy throughout the exhibition. We gave away some very popular selfie sticks, bluetooth speakers, delicious sweets, phone stands and of course, the usual multi-coloured pens and bags. Our new EvaluClean audit system proved very popular and it was great to receive feedback from our users on the frontline. If your trust is interested in running a trial with our BETA app please don't hesitate to contact us.

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The twitter wall produced some hilarious images and the well deserved winners of a delicious chocolate hamper are listed below:

Day 1: Merja Thomas and Carly Baker from UHCW
Day 2: IPC Team of Calderdale and Huddersfield
Day 3: Gary Thirkell and Donna Winter

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News Marzo 2016

Brand new sales department for GAMA

March 2016

GAMA Healthcare is proud to launch a brand new sales department to meet the growing sales demand from the non-acute sectors in both healthcare and beyond. Over the past 11 years since our formation we have focused on acute healthcare and have grown to be the largest supplier of both wet and dry wipes to the NHS.

During this time we have managed all non-hospital sales through an exclusive distribution agreement with Steroplast Healthcare, and this partnership has proved to be very successful where they have done a fantastic job in promoting our products in this area to many sectors including primary care, dental, care homes, hospices and veterinary to name a few. Steroplast will continue to be a key partner distributor for GAMA Healthcare products to the non acute sector, and will be a key partner in the first aid sector.

The new Non Acute Sales department will be headed up by Adam Cockley. Adam joins GAMA with over 12 years of experience in the cleaning and hygiene industry. We wish Adam success at this new job and look forward to building up a very successful department.

New office




Hello Franca,


We are delighted to announce that GAMA Healthcare’s head office in China have completed their move to an impressive new office in Foshan, Guangdong this week.
We now have two branches in China, Foshan and Beijing.


     
     
     
     


The growth of our UK and worldwide operations has led to a major expansion of staff and resources in China. We now have more Quality and Operations staff than ever before, which ensures you will get the highest quality products, on time, every time. The new office will house our increased workforce and provide the company with room for further expansion. It will also act as a centre for our growing Chinese sale operations.
 
The new office features state-of-the-art meeting rooms, an onsite warehouse and a purpose built hospital training room. This will prove to be an invaluable tool in educating local and visiting healthcare professionals about the importance of infection control.
 
The staff of GAMA Healthcare (Foshan), along with our UK Regulatory Affairs Director – Mr Phillip Bates, celebrated this milestone with a lavish opening ceremony and party which was enjoyed by all who were lucky enough to be there!

The opening of the new office has already received attention from the local Chinese government who celebrated the increased investment in the area, by publishing photos and a report of the event on their website.
 
GAMA Healthcare UK would like to take this opportunity to congratulate GAMA Healthcare (Foshan) on their impressive new workplace, we hope that the new facility will contribute greatly to the future success of the company and its valued distributors!

 

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