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NEW | Build your Own Audits

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We've had a busy year in MEG Support tools, setting up simple to use hygiene auditing systems for hospitals across the UK and Ireland.

We've recently added the new HIQA HAI, Antimicrobial Stewardship and VTE Risk assessment audits to the system alongside our existing Hand Hygiene 5 Moment, Care Bundles and IPS Quality Improvement Tools.   As most of our client are looking to adapt audits to their local requirement, we have added a new, 'Create your own Audits'  tool.   Get in touch and we can arrange a demo or free trial. 

Contact us at info@megsupporttools.com or 01 697 1579

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The recent case in Spain of a healthcare worker contracting Ebola while caring for a patient demonstrated the risks healthcare workers take while trying to save the lives of others. Professor Peter Piot of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who first discovered Ebola in 1976, stated that the biggest risk of contracting Ebola in Europe is for medical staff.

The Wall Street Journal recently spoke to Professor David J. Evans, professor of virology at the University of Warwick and detailed  the importance of following Ebola protocols

'The bulk of available evidence suggests that basic infection-control measures like protective gear that eliminate contact with the skin or fluids are sufficient to contain transmission.But a single lapse in procedure—removing successive layers of surgical gloves in the wrong order, for example— can expose a nurse or doctor to infection. It’s clear that something has gone wrong either in the direct exposure of the patient to an unprotected health-care worker or in the practices the health-care worker was using,' said David J. Evans, professor of virology at the University of Warwick in the U.K. on the Spanish case.

MEG Support Tools have developed the Ebola guidelines app specifically for healthcare workers to provide them with the latest World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines which are designed to keep them safe while treating patients with (suspected) Ebola.

Amongst other areas, it details what isolation techniques are required, how heathcare workers should don and remove Personal Protection Equipment and how contaminated waste should be managed.  Being well versed on these protocols is critical as a single lapse can lead to contracting Ebola.

The app is available now on the Google Android store and will be released in a few days on the Apple app store.

Notes: Used with permission from The Wall Street Journal, WSJ.com. Copyright 2014 Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All rights reserved.

IPS Hand Hygiene Torch Tour 2016

#IPSTorchTour16 The Infection Prevention Society (IPS) are currently holding a hand hygiene campaign to ‘spread the message, not the bugs’ in the form of a torch tour around the UK and Ireland. The event begun on 5th May in each of the five countries (Scotland, England, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Wales) to coincide with the World Health Organisation ‘Clean Your Hands – Call to Action’ and will finish on 26th September 2016 at the first day of Infection Prevention 2016 Conference in Harrogate.  Well be exhibiting at the conference too, so please do call by to our stand and say hello - you might even get a chance to touch the torch here!  Were at stand 105 and always look forward to getting feedback and ideas from the people that use and inform our software.

Hand Hygiene Facts It is estimated that 8 out of 10 infectious diseases are spread by touch1 95 out of 100 of people claim to have washed their hands after using the toilet, the reality is only 65 of the 100 actually do wash their hands1 It is estimated that washing hands with soap and water could reduce diarrhoea infections by almost half2 Hand washing can reduce the risk of respiratory infections by 16%3 The use of an alcohol gel hand sanitiser in the classroom reduced in absenteeism due to infection by almost 20% in schools3 Wed like to take the opportunity to welcome the IPS contingency to Ireland later this month when they  hold their Irish Branch meeting at the Mespil Hotel on Tuesday 21st June from 10.30 to 2pm.   Other opportunities to touch the torch in Ireland will be on Monday 20th June at the National Maternity Hospital in the morning and at an evening event in Trinity College.  Its a valuable campaign to raise awareness about hand hygiene and we looking forward to being part of the events.  

References: Hardy Diagnostics http://www.hardydiagnostics.com/articles/hand-washing.pdf Curtis and Cairncross (2003) Effect of washing hands with soap on diarrhoea risk in the community: a systematic review. Lancet Infectious Diseases 3 (5); 275-81 CDC http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/hygiene/fast_facts.html

Left to right: Kerrill Thornhill  Medical EGuides , MEG, Michael Corr  SureWash,  Carole Hallam  Infection Prevention Society,  Gary Thirkill,  Infection Prevention Society

Left to right: Kerrill Thornhill Medical EGuides, MEG, Michael Corr SureWash, Carole Hallam Infection Prevention Society, Gary Thirkill, Infection Prevention Society

#safeHANDS selfie at #IP2015 Competition and Winners!

Our #safeHANDS selfie was a big hit with visitors at the IPS Conference in Liverpool, helping bring some fun awareness to a very important topic. Wed like to congratulate the winners Gail & Carol @Clinell on winning out lovely prize of butlers chocolates.

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