Microorganisms are all around us in our daily lives. While some bacteria can have positive benefits; in a hospital setting they can cause infection and sometimes death. Unfortunately, pathogenic bacteria are capable of lingering on surfaces for months or even years! This can be very dangerous especially when inhabiting high-touch surfaces in hospitals that are difficult to disinfect regularly or effectively. Shared objects that come in contact with one patient after another are at risk of fostering cross-contamination.
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As mobile devices become more prevalent in healthcare settings, their benefits are equally challenged by threats that go beyond what meets the eye. Nine out of every ten mobile applications have security holes that make them vulnerable to attack, and a greater percentage are usually inhabited with bacteria.
The usage of mobile devices has risen significantly in recent years due to all the advantages in mobile technology happening everyday. However, because the technology comes in close contact with healthcare workers and patients, it leaves patients susceptible to infection. Below, we bring you 4 articles that prove mobile disinfection needs to be implemented into daily routines in healthcare facilities.
Summary: Washable Keyboard Helps Hospitals Tackle Cross Contamination
Prevalence of HAIs
Clostridium difficile (c. diff) and methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are two of the more common healthcare acquired infections (HAIs) that create problems in hospitals nationwide.
According to CDC reports, over 700,000 hospital patients acquired an infection as a result of their hospital stay in 2011, resulting in roughly 75,000 deaths. The majority of these Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) occurred in intensive care units.
Computer tablets have been present in the healthcare industry for several years now. Since its introduction, the technology has continued to evolve, changing the way healthcare workers engage with patients. Newer models contain more capacity for advanced/newer features, making it is crucial for healthcare facilities to stay up to date in this ever-changing environment. That is why we complied a list of the 5 most popular tablets that will benefit your healthcare clinic. Use this list as a guide to picking your next tablet purchase.
If you're like any one of us on the ReadyDock Team, then you want to stay in the know with what's new in the world of healthcare. Here, we like to stay connected through news sources like Modern Healthcare and organizations such as Infection Control Today. However, another way to stay connected is through social media, where news and information is literally brought to your fingertips. We've compiled a list of some of our most influential friends on Twitter so you can start building more relationships and share relevant trending content.
Most people enter the hospital hoping to feel better after they leave, but for 1.7 million Americans every year, this simply isn’t the case. Hospital Acquired Infections, also called HAIs or nosocomial infections, are infections that a hospital patient can develop as a result of their hospital stay (Martin & McFerran, 2008). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that roughly 99,000 deaths each year are related to HAIs (Klevens et al., 2007).