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Reduce Preventable Infections from Spirometry Testing

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Vitalograph’s Bacterial Viral Filters Could Save Practices Thousands

Between early October to mid-January, figures from the Guardian say, 120 people died of flu-related symptoms in the UK, nearly three times as many as the previous year. With up to 30,000 people visiting a GP each week with influenze-like symptoms, the chance of infection spreading during spirometry tests is much higher.

Using one-way valve cardboard mouthpieces during spirometry testing provides very little protection from bacteria and viruses passing straight through the spirometer, potentially infecting the member of staff administering the test. This lack of protection can lead to cross infection between patients, lost work from staff illness and increased treatment costs later on from infected patients.

The Solution: Vitalograph’s Bacterial Viral Filters

According to Dr Derek Cramer and Simon Ward, of the Royal Brompton Hospital, using a BVF is common practice in lung function testing in secondary care, however, it is far less common in primary care. By assuming any patient taking a lung function test is infectious and using a BVF for all patients, GP surgeries could dramatically improve their rates of cross infection and protect their equipment, staff and patients.

99.999% Cross-Contamination Efficiency

By reducing the contamination risk during testing, GP surgeries could save thousands of pounds in lost staff hours and the further treatment of patients.

How Do Bacterial/Viral Filters Work?

Vitalograph’s BVFs use an electrostatically charged material to trap bacteria and viruses (including TB, MRSA & influenza) with a validated cross-contamination efficiency of 99.999%. This doesn’t affect air-flow at all, meaning you will see the same results as with cardboard mouthpieces but with reduced risk to the patient and clinician administering the test.

On top of the hygiene benefits of using BVFs, they can also reduce the time spent cleaning and sterilising test equipment, which means more patients can be seen in a shorter time.

Conclusion

Introducing BVFs into your practice is not just a cost-effective solution to infection control, it also protects your staff and could end up saving a lot of money, both directly and indirectly.

To order a BVF pack or any other Vitalograph product, head to our store.

There’s More to Hand Hygiene Than Hand Washing

The simple washroom sign ‘Now wash your hands’ is literally a lifesaver. Millions of infections would be avoided if people took a moment to clean their hands correctly. Worryingly, the biggest source of this problem is in healthcare settings, such as hospitals.

A visit to hospital, a medical clinic or a dental surgery may not only bring healing, but also exposure to microorganisms that cause infection. Whenever there is physical contact between a patient and a member of the medical team, or a piece of equipment, there’s a risk of contamination. But the one action that would cut these dramatically is, according to the WHO, the correct and timely washing of hands.

On 5 May 2016 the World Health Organisation (WHO) ran its annual event to highlight the importance of hand hygiene with its SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign. This year the message focused on infection prevention and control in healthcare environments.

Key facts shared by WHO on Hand Hygiene Day 2016

– 61% of healthcare workers do not clean their hands at the right moment.
– one in two surgical staff do not clean their hands at the right moment.

The secret to good hand hygiene comes not only from knowing how to wash your hands effectively, but from knowing when to wash your hands.

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