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News Article | April 29, 2017
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Interview Infection-Prevention Experts at Pulse CPSEA's Spring Symposium, 'Infection Prevention: It Begins with You!' Healthcare reporters are invited to speak personally with leading national experts in the prevention of healthcare-acquired infections in advance of Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy’s Spring Symposium, Infection Prevention: It Begins with You! in Plainview, N.Y., at 5 p.m. on Monday, May 1. It’s bad enough being in the hospital, but it can be so much worse when a patient contracts an “HAI” — a Healthcare-Acquired Infection — while there. Despite the best efforts of the medical profession, growing numbers of patients still contract infections in health care facilities. This is one of the most critical challenges facing the medical profession today. Pulse’s symposium will focus on the latest findings about HAIs, and three key speakers will discuss the issue and what we can do about it. The formal program starts at 6 p.m., but members of the press are invited to talk one-on-one with our speakers from 5 to 6 p.m. Janet Eagan RN — Manager, Infection Control at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She specializes in infection control in the oncology patient population. Bruce E. Hirsch MD, FACP, AAHIVS — Attending Physician, Division of Infectious Diseases, North Shore University Hospital. He is interested in preventive health strategies and the role of healthy bacteria in the human microbiome. Lisa A. Waldowski DNP, PNP, CIC — Infection Control Specialist, Standards Interpretation Group, The Joint Commission Enterprise. She advises surveyors with interpretations and education about infection control findings, and responds to challenging questions, complaints, and potential threat to life/patient safety events. Please take advantage of this unique opportunity to pose your questions to these industry-leading specialists. Here are the details: When: Monday, May 1. The event starts at 5 p.m. with a light buffet, refreshments and networking time; the formal program runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Where: Holiday Inn 215 Sunnyside Blvd, Plainview, NY 11803 Please RSVP to (516) 579-4711 or 516-830-0831 Pulse's Mission: To raise awareness about patient safety through advocacy, education and support.


News Article | April 19, 2017
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A recent investigative report by Reuters questioned the safety and efficacy of a commonly used technique for preventing hospital MRSA infections. Daily bathing all patients in a hospital unit using the antiseptic chlorhexidine is becoming commonplace. But important questions need to be answered. In the report: Dr. Kevin Kavanagh, Board Chairman of Health Watch USA, commented on a major research article which has been used by many to justify widespread use of daily bathing of all patients in intensive care units. Reuters: “It really doesn’t make the case,” said Dr. Kevin Kavanagh, a patient safety researcher whose objections to the study were published in a 2013 article in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. “When you look at data, the vast majority of the effect on preventing infections was on the more benign skin bacteria and yeast.” The Reuters’ report outlines a number of concerns with this technique including: #1. Results being clouded by potential industrial conflicts-of-interest. #2. Questions if the evidence is strong enough to support widespread use. #3. Mounting evidence of the promotion of bacterial resistance, even to the last line of defense antibiotic – Colistin. #4. Non-FDA approved use of the product. The FDA requires a label on the product warning against using it as a “general skin cleanser.” An alternative system is used by the U.S. Veterans Administration System which has implemented a bundled approach comprised of basic infectious disease measures that have as a major component surveillance and isolation. Which intervention has the best results would optimally be answered by comparing infection rates between various healthcare systems. However, in a recent article in Antimicrobial Research and Infection Control, Dr. Kavanagh and colleagues, stressed that determining the most effective preventative strategy has been hindered due to the lack of a comprehensive standardized tracking system for these dangerous pathogens. In addition, all types of healthcare facilities, including nursing homes and surgery centers, should use the same system and be required to participate. In an accompanying blog, Dr. Kavanagh added that controlling the spread of these pathogens is of paramount importance. Hand washing is very important. But for the control of MRSA hand hygiene is somewhat of a backup measure. If MRSA is being spread by a worker’s hands then at some point their hands must have come into contact with this dangerous pathogen and there must have been a breakdown in containment and control, which should be our primary focus.


News Article | May 1, 2017
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Interview Infection-Prevention Experts at Pulse CPSEA's Spring Symposium, 'Infection Prevention: It Begins with You!' Healthcare reporters are invited to speak personally with leading national experts in the prevention of healthcare-acquired infections in advance of Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy’s Spring Symposium, Infection Prevention: It Begins with You! in Plainview, N.Y., at 5 p.m. on Monday, May 1. It’s bad enough being in the hospital, but it can be so much worse when a patient contracts an “HAI” — a Healthcare-Acquired Infection — while there. Despite the best efforts of the medical profession, growing numbers of patients still contract infections in health care facilities. This is one of the most critical challenges facing the medical profession today. Pulse’s symposium will focus on the latest findings about HAIs, and three key speakers will discuss the issue and what we can do about it. The formal program starts at 6 p.m., but members of the press are invited to talk one-on-one with our speakers from 5 to 6 p.m. Janet Eagan RN — Manager, Infection Control at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She specializes in infection control in the oncology patient population. Bruce E. Hirsch MD, FACP, AAHIVS — Attending Physician, Division of Infectious Diseases, North Shore University Hospital. He is interested in preventive health strategies and the role of healthy bacteria in the human microbiome. Lisa A. Waldowski DNP, PNP, CIC — Infection Control Specialist, Standards Interpretation Group, The Joint Commission Enterprise. She advises surveyors with interpretations and education about infection control findings, and responds to challenging questions, complaints, and potential threat to life/patient safety events. Please take advantage of this unique opportunity to pose your questions to these industry-leading specialists. Here are the details: When: Monday, May 1. The event starts at 5 p.m. with a light buffet, refreshments and networking time; the formal program runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Where: Holiday Inn 215 Sunnyside Blvd, Plainview, NY 11803 Please RSVP to (516) 579-4711 or 516-830-0831 Pulse's Mission: To raise awareness about patient safety through advocacy, education and support.


Three leaders in preventing healthcare-associated infections discuss how patients can stay safer in hospital. There’s one place you never want to “go viral”: in the hospital (or in the clinic, nursing home, rehab facility, or even the dentist’s office.) HAIs — hospital-acquired or healthcare-associated infections — claim the lives of tens of thousands of patients in the US every year, and harm countless more. (And it’s not just viruses: bacteria can be just as dangerous.) At a symposium held in Plainview, NY on May 1, an audience heard three leading infection-prevention specialists discuss the ways good patient safety protocols can reduce that toll. The event, one of an annual series hosted by Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education and Advocacy (CPSEA), brought together members of the public and healthcare professionals to hear Janet Eagan, RN (Manager, Infection Control at Sloan Kettering Cancer Center), Dr. Bruce E. Hirsch (Attending Physician, Div. of Infectious Diseases, North Shore University Hospital) and Lisa Wandowski DNP, PNP, CIC (Infection Control Specialist, Standards Interpretation Group, The Joint Commission Enterprise) analyze this serious and growing problem. After the Symposium participants were asked to complete evaluations of what they had learned. Some of the comments were: -       Patients and their advocates need to make sure all medical staff wash hands before approaching the bedside. (Sterile gloves are not a substitute!) -       Having a colonoscopy? Ask about the facility’s equipment sanitation routine: scopes used in colonoscopies are often not sterilized, just sanitized. -       Overuse of powerful antibiotics is a serious issue, encouraging the rise of resistant “superbugs,” compromising patients’ healthy microbiomes, and polluting the environment. -       Dangerous intestinal infections such as “C-Diff” can be successfully treated with “fecal transplants” containing healthy bacteria. In addition to its annual symposia, Pulse — the only grassroots patient safety organization on Long Island — provides a wide range of education, training, and direct work with vulnerable segments of the population. Visit www.pulsecenterforpatientsafety.org to learn more. To discuss this or other patient safety issues with Pulse President Ilene Corina, call (516) 579-4711.


News Article | April 29, 2017
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GM Clothing launches their new product which is Hospital Uniforms -- Mindware (http://www.gulshanmarwah.com/)exports female apparel and accessories from India and selling brands of products worldwide. They do exports all variants of female's accessories apart from their own brand.Mindware (http://www.gulshanmarwah.com/)showcase the best of India's ladies garment export capabilities through their portal and other platforms. They make a truly win-win situation for both – Indian exporters grow stronger each year in their achievements, skills and proficiency, while international buyers get superior solutions for their garment imports.Commencing as a small garment Export/ Import business, Mindware has grown into a booming enterprise run by Gulshan Marwah.  Their strive to export the highest quality of garments, directly suited to their customers' needs. They ensure on time deliveries, perfectly modeled to individual customer specifications at a reasonable price. They constantly adapt to changes in the global market and ensure we remain one step ahead of the competition to meet the changing expectations of their customers in terms of quality, cost and delivery.We are engaged in offering a large collection of attractive and Corporate Uniform Saree. By utilizing the world-class fabrics, these sarees are made as per the changing trends of the market. Our range is well analyzed on distinct quality parameters by the skilled and dedicated quality inspectors. These sarees add beauty to the wearer and provide them comfort. With state-of-the-art infrastructure facilities we are able to offer a large collection ofHospital Uniform Saree.Our uniform sarees will influence and go along with the spirit and discipline offered by your business. We are engaged in offering a large collection of attractive and Corporate Uniform Saree. By utilizing the world-class fabrics, these sarees are made as per the changing trends of the market. Our range is well analyzed on distinct quality parameters by the skilled and dedicated quality inspectors.High-denier polyester blends with comfortable and breathable long-staple cotton cool, dry interior with breathable fabric keeps you cool where it matters most. Fluid barrier and stain-repelling exterior, Less than 1% shrinkage after first wash and no pilling after 100 washes. Resists and releases wrinkling, fading and pilling,Highest industry rating when tested for strength, soil release and fluid repellency.Fabric dries 4 times faster than cotton, Pulls sweat and moisture away from skin and into the airBright color reduces discoloration from perspiration of wear from usage.Hospital kurta pajama worn by patients is designed so that hospital staff can easily access the part of the patient's body being treated.The hospital kurta pajama is made of fabric that can withstand repeated laundering in hot water, usually cotton, and is fastened at the back with twill tape tiesOur basic range offers a patient gown, made from lightweight polyester/cotton the garment is 46" long and generously cut for extra comfort. Also featuring ties at the back and an overlapping modesty panel.In addition to the huge variety of work wear gown that we stock  we also proudly stock a variety of patient wear. Ensure your patients are put to ease and are comfy by choosing from our selection of gowns.Nurses face a variety of challenges on a daily basis in their workplace but choosing a uniform should not be one of these challenges. If you are in the process of trying to find a new uniform, here are a few key things that should be taken into consideration when looking for medical scrubs or tunics.Given the nature of the work you do and the demanding environment that you work in, it is vital that your nurse's uniform is a comfortable fit and moves easily with your body.For many years the clinical world was faithful to the real and standard uniform that was either Colored or totally white. The traditional medical uniform style didn't leave much for further improvement in its style. But with more varieties in the nursing occupation today, the times have actually required more modern and trendy nursing scrubs and doctors uniforms.You want comfort, you want to feel covered, you want to feel prepared – and maybe a little bit of control – not to mention feeling good about yourself! When designing these Gownies, having been through numerous deliveries ourselves, we took into account everything that should be changed on a delivery gown – and here it is! So just say "no thank you' to that tatty old gown and put on something from home, it feels great, clean and stylish – and yes! You can look stylish when giving birth.Our medical supply can accommodate your health facility's needs for Infection Control.Surgical Gowns can be found in our collection of products from globally recognized and trusted brands including . An excellent option to consider is the Ultra Fabric Reinforced Surgical Gown.


News Article | April 17, 2017
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Mary-Claire Roghmann, MD, MS, staff physician, associate hospital epidemiologist and investigator at the VA Maryland Health Care System and a professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, has been awarded the Alvan R. Feinstein Memorial Award from the American College of Physicians (ACP). The award was presented in San Diego at ACP’s Convocation Ceremony on Thursday, March 30, 2017, during its annual scientific conference Internal Medicine Meeting. “We’re thrilled that Dr. Roghmann is part of the VA Maryland Health Care System team. Her work on universal issues such as infectious disease control and on the prevention of the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria can benefit the delivery of health care throughout VA facilities and in the private sector as well,” said Dr. Adam M. Robinson, Jr., director of the VA Maryland Health Care System. Roghmann, an infectious disease physician and epidemiologist, studies how to prevent the transmission of antibiotic resistant bacteria and the development of infections. Her research in antibiotic resistance is focused on a number of interrelated areas including the transmission of multi-drug resistant organisms in nursing homes, host factors affecting MRSA colonization, and the microbiome of the anterior nares and other sites which Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) frequently colonizes. She has published more than 75 papers in peer reviewed journals. Roghmann’s research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Agency for Health Research and Quality. “Mary-Claire is an excellent epidemiologist who has defined how to prevent infection of S. aureus, especially in nursing homes. She’s developed epidemiological data to inform isolation practices that have changed national guidelines,” said Dr. Daniel Morgan, chief hospital epidemiologist, Infection Control at the VA Maryland Health Care System and associate professor and University of Maryland School of Medicine. The Alvan R. Feinstein Memorial Award was established by the ACP’s Board of Regents in 2002 in honor of the late Dr. Feinstein, who was internationally recognized as the father of clinical epidemiology. The award is given to an American physician who has made a major contribution to the science of patient care in clinical epidemiology or clinimetrics, involving the direct study of patients’ clinical conditions. Awardees are selected based on supporting letters from physicians familiar with clinimetrics/clinical epidemiology and how the nominee’s work contributes to the science of patient care. Selections are also based on whether the nominee’s contributions have been sustained over time. The largest medical specialty organization in the United States, ACP members include 148,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists and medical students. The VA Maryland Health Care System (VAMHCS) provides a broad spectrum of medical, surgical, rehabilitative, mental health and outpatient care to veterans at two medical centers, one rehabilitation & extended care center and five outpatient clinics located throughout the state. More than 52,000 veterans from various generations receive care from VAMHCS annually. Nationally recognized for its state-of-the-art technology and quality patient care, VAMHCS is proud of its reputation as a leader in veterans’ health care, research and education. It costs nothing for Veterans to enroll for health care with the VA Maryland Health Care System and it could be one of the more important things a Veteran can do. For information about VA health care eligibility and enrollment or how to apply for a VA medical care hardship to avoid future copayments for VA health care, interested Veterans are urged to call the Enrollment Center for the VA Maryland Health Care System, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1-800-463-6295, ext. 7324 or visit http://www.maryland.va.gov.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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ReadyPoint Health, Inc. a leading provider of healthcare compliance solutions announced today the launch of ReadyPoint Quality Assessment Toolkits™ designed for easy access and use by hospital Directors of Quality/Safety, Infection Control Practitioners, Safety Officers, Life Safety Specialists and Emergency Management Coordinators. The Quality Assessment Toolkit series consists of pre-assembled online checklist templates that replace cumbersome paper assessment forms and tracers used to evaluate standards compliance. The toolkits are professionally curated for hospital compliance and designed for collecting data, identifying trends, remediating findings and providing leadership with information necessary to continually improve healthcare quality. Assessment Toolkits can be used on mobile devices, web browsers or as paper printouts. Hospital staff using an iPad, iPhone or Android device can access a checklist and quickly document non-compliant items with photographs. Corrective action email messages to appropriate individuals are automatic resulting in improved communication and workflow. Each toolkit includes reporting tools that show compliance and assignment status by location, category or checklist as well the status of open and closed deficiencies. Assessment Toolkits quickly and easily replace paper forms with on-the-go electronic capabilities and they can be customized to assess hospital-specific compliance standards and processes. Peter Clifton, ReadyPoint Health CEO commented, “The majority of healthcare professionals managing quality and compliance standards today wrestle with avoidable problems. They typically rely solely on paper forms, which are cumbersome, ineffective and ultimately costly. Or they struggle getting funding only to implement solutions which force them to rely again on manual processes using paper forms, excel spreadsheets for data compilation and reports and endless emails for follow up on identified issues. ReadyPoint’s goal in launching the new Quality Assessment Toolkit series is to eliminate these barriers by providing the most effective and affordable solution for healthcare professionals responsible for assessing and managing standards compliance." For more information about ReadyPoint Quality Assessment Toolkits™ visit http://www.readypointhealth.com/assessmenttoolkits/. Assessment Toolkits are available for a free 15-day trial. "The 8 Keys To Compliance Excellence" (PDF 634KB) white paper is also available for free download. About ReadyPoint Health Inc. ReadyPoint Health Inc. http://www.readypointhealth.com is a leading provider of healthcare compliance solutions. ReadyPoint tools automate manual data compilation and paper forms as well as streamline accreditation survey readiness. Located in Nashville, TN, ReadyPoint was named by Healthcare Tech Outlook magazine as a 20 Most Promising Healthcare Compliance Solution Provider. Connect with us on Twitter at twitter.com/ReadyPoint and on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/readypointhealth. ReadyPoint Quality Assessment Toolkits™ Including Associated Checklists Are Provided Below:


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 23, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TOMI™ Environmental Solutions, Inc. (TOMI) (OTCQX:TOMZ), a global bacteria decontamination and infection prevention company, and its board of directors announced the formation and approval of  TOMI’s scientific advisory board. “We are honored William, Miguel and Helene – experts in intellectual property law, biosafety and infection prevention, respectively – have agreed to join our scientific advisory board,” stated Dr. Halden Shane, TOMI’s Chief Executive Officer. “We believe their support validates TOMI’s groundbreaking SteraMist™, and their guidance will help TOMI in "Innovating for a Safer World.” The team is charged with constructively challenging management to help develop strategy; ensuring the necessary resources are in place to enable us to achieve objectives in scientific research and development; and monitoring technological and regulatory trends that could impact our business as well as our performance against our goals. We believe their insight will be invaluable.” William M. Brown, PhD, MBA, JD William M. Brown, PhD, MBA, JD is a consultant and advisor to a series of biotech and life sciences companies. Dr. Brown is a seasoned attorney in intellectual property with deep experience in healthcare-related matters. He is licensed to practice law in several states and is a registered patent attorney. His consulting experience includes intellectual property portfolio management, clinical trial contracts, and patent/business development matters. He holds a PhD from the University of Southampton, England, an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a JD from New York Law School. Dr. Brown conducted postdoctoral research at Harvard, Johnson & Johnson, NIH, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Miguel A. Grimaldo, MEng Miguel A. Grimaldo, MEng is an Assistant Professor for the Department of Pathology, Director of Institutional Biocontainment Resources at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) and the Director of the Biocontainment Engineering Division for the Galveston National Laboratory. His responsibilities include the review of all design, construction, commissioning and operation of High and Maximum containment laboratories as well as to ensure regulatory compliance and to conduct ongoing evaluation and recertification on all critical containment features, equipment and operations for Biosafety Level 3 (BSL‐3), Animal Biosafety Level 3 (ABSL3) and Biosafety Level 4 (BSL4) laboratory facilities at UTMB. He is also a member of the UTMB Institutional Biosafety Committee. He has served as Committee Member for development of the ANSI Z9.14‐2014 Standard ‐ Testing and Performance‐Verification Methodologies for Ventilation Systems for Biosafety Level 3 (BSL‐3) and Animal Biosafety Level 3 (ABSL‐3) facilities as well as for the 2016 Edition of the National Institute of Health (NIH) ‐ Design Requirements Manual (DRM) for Biomedical Laboratories and Animal Research Facilities. Miguel routinely serves as Biocontainment Advisor for containment laboratories nationally and internationally on design, construction and operations and also routinely contributes to a technical column in the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) journal, Applied Biosafety entitled, “Containment Talk”. Mr. Grimaldo obtained his Masters of Engineering from the University of Louisville and Bachelor of Science degrees in Agricultural Engineering and Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University. Dr. Helene Paxton, MS, MT(ASCP), PhD, CIC Dr. Helene Paxton, MS, MT(ASCP), PhD, CIC, is an Infection Preventionist, owner of Bio Guidance, LLC, adjunct biology professor at Rowan University and Director of Infection Prevention at Saint Francis Healthcare. She is Infection Control Certified (CIC), board certified as an International Medical Laboratory Scientist and holds a PhD in Epidemiology. Dr. Paxton has 40 plus years’ experience in medical devices and infectious disease consulting. Dr. Paxton obtained her PhD from Kennedy Western University and her MS from Bowling Green State University. Scientific Advisory Board Provisions and criteria have been set in the company's bylaws and scientific advisory board charter. TOMI’s scientific advisory board will always observe in the letter and spirit the duties, rights and role as a member of the company's board as stipulated in the relevant listing standards. About TOMI™ Environmental Solutions, Inc. TOMI™ Environmental Solutions, Inc. (OTCQX:TOMZ) is a global bacteria decontamination and infectious disease control company, providing eco-friendly environmental solutions for indoor surface disinfection through manufacturing, sales and licensing of its premier platform of Hydrogen Peroxide based product that uses Binary Ionization Technology® (BIT™) , a state of the art technology for the production of its Activated Ionized Hydrogen Peroxide mist represented by the TOMI™ SteraMist™ brand. TOMI’s products are designed to service a broad spectrum of commercial structures including hospitals and medical facilities, cruise ships, office buildings, hotel and motel rooms, schools, restaurants, for non-food safety in meat and produce processing facilities, military barracks, and athletic facilities. TOMI’s products and services have also been used in single-family homes and multi-unit residences. TOMI also develops training programs and application protocols for its clients and is a member in good standing with The American Biological Safety Association, The American Association of Tissue Banks, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, The Restoration Industry Association, Indoor Air Quality Association, and The International Ozone Association. For additional product information, visit www.tomimist.com or contact us at info@tomimist.com. Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 Certain written and oral statements made by us may constitute “forward-looking statements” as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “Reform Act”). Forward-looking statements are identified by such words and phrases as “we expect,” “expected to,” “estimates,” “estimated,” “current outlook,” “we look forward to,” “would equate to,” “projects,” “projections,” “projected to be,” “anticipates,” “anticipated,” “we believe,” “could be,” and other similar phrases. All statements addressing operating performance, events, or developments that we expect or anticipate will occur in the future, including statements relating to revenue growth, earnings, earnings-per-share growth, or similar projections, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Reform Act. They are forward-looking, and they should be evaluated in light of important risk factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from our anticipated results. The information provided in this document is based upon the facts and circumstances known at this time. We undertake no obligation to update these forward-looking statements after the date of this release.


SINGAPORE, Feb. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- During the 8th International congress of the Asia Pacific Society of Infection Control (APSIC) in Bangkok, Thailand, leading healthcare company, Mundipharma, will be sponsoring medical educational programs with an international panel to discuss solutions and initiatives to tackle challenges in antimicrobial resistance as well as the importance of proper hygiene practices. At the Congress, Mundipharma will share evidence about how BETADINE® medicines that contain PVPI can be used as a virucide against seasonal infections such as flu, as well as help to prevent infectious disease outbreaks such as MERS, SARS, Ebola, HFMD (Hand Foot and Mouth Disease) and Norovirus in both public and hospital settings. The positive results generated by a leading virologist on PVPI's role against tough to kill viruses and its role in public health will also be presented. In addition, Mundipharma will showcase a digital app as part of its support of the objectives outlined in the WHO's Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance to improve hygiene measures, reduce infection and limit the use of antibiotics. "Recent global viral outbreaks and the challenges presented by nosocomial infections demonstrate the critical importance of infection control in the race to limit the spread of infections," said Raman Singh, President Mundipharma Asia Pacific, Latin America the Middle East & Africa. "The live demonstration will include an exchange with infection control experts on how digital solutions can drive better hygiene practices to reduce infections and limit the use of antibiotics. In today's highly digitalized world, the app will be a game changer as it will be able to be shared, downloaded and used faster than diseases can spread." "Mundipharma brings to the congress a team of independent experts with deep experience in infection control. They will discuss the appropriate use of antiseptics, antibiotics and hygiene interventions that limit the spread of resistant microorganisms and reduce antimicrobial misuse and overuse, as well as a perspective on the targeted hygiene concept -- aimed at implementing a risk-based approach to hygiene. Mundipharma's independent associated companies are privately owned entities covering the world's pharmaceutical markets. Mundipharma is a prime example of a company that consistently delivers high quality products while standing by the values that represent the company. Our mission is to alleviate the suffering of patients with cancer and non-cancer pain and to substantially improve their quality of life. Mundipharma is dedicated to bringing to patients with severe and debilitating diseases the benefit of novel treatment options in fields such as pain, oncology, oncology supportive care, ophthalmology, respiratory disease and consumer healthcare. The Asia Pacific Society of Infection Control (APSIC) was established in 1998 and is a multi-national, voluntary, organization dedicated to the advancement of infection control practice to reduce hospital associated infections, monitor and control emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases and improved patient outcomes. APSIC brings together multidisciplinary infection control professionals in the region to share their knowledge, experience, skills, and quality improvement and research findings by facilitating the exchange of information through training courses, seminars, congresses and conferences in the Asia Pacific region. Registered indications differ country to country hence please check with a local Mundipharma office for more information on the local approved prescribing information.


News Article | February 28, 2017
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Arlington, VA, February 28, 2017 - Hospital room floors may be an overlooked source of infection, according to a study published in the March issue of theAmerican Journal of Infection Control, the official journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). Because items in the patient's room may touch the floor, pathogens on hospital floors can rapidly move to the hands and high-touch surfaces throughout a hospital room. "Understanding gaps in infection prevention is critically important for institutions seeking to improve the quality of care offered to patients," said 2017 APIC president Linda Greene, RN, MPS, CIC, FAPIC. "Even though most facilities believe they are taking the proper precautions, this study points out the importance of ensuring cleanliness of the hospital environment and the need for education of both staff and patients on this issue." In the study by Abhishek Deshpande, MD, PhD and colleagues, researchers cultured 318 floor sites from 159 patient rooms (two sites per room) in five Cleveland-area hospitals. The hospital rooms included both C. difficile infection (CDI) isolation rooms and non-CDI rooms. Researchers also cultured hands (gloved and bare) as well as other high-touch surfaces such as clothing, call buttons, medical devices, linens, and medical supplies. The researchers found that floors in patient rooms were often contaminated with Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), VRE, and C. difficile, with C. difficile being the most frequently recovered pathogen found in both CDI isolation rooms and non-CDI rooms. Of 100 occupied rooms surveyed, 41 percent had one or more high-touch objects in contact with the floor. These included personal items, medical devices, and supplies. MRSA, VRE, and C. difficile were recovered from 6 (18 percent), 2 (6 percent), and 1 (3 percent), respectively of bare or gloved hands that handled the items. "Efforts to improve disinfection in the hospital environment usually focus on surfaces that are frequently touched by the hands of healthcare workers or patients," said Deshpande, et al. "Although healthcare facility floors are often heavily contaminated, limited attention has been paid to disinfection of floors because they are not frequently touched. The results of our study suggest that floors in hospital rooms could be an underappreciated source for dissemination of pathogens and are an important area for additional research."

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