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Australian Hospital and Healthcare Bulletin Spring 2012

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P46 » THE AUSTRALIAN HOSPITAL + HEALTHCARE BULLETIN SPRING 2012 TAKING INFECTION CONTROL SERIOUSLY One of the critical issues for any healthcare facility is the control of infection. The growth of superbugs and the increase in micro- organism resistance are becoming major problems. This is compounded by the increased mobility of the population and subsequent exposure to and spread of infection. InControl was established in 2009 in direct response to this need. Servicing the Australasian marketplace, InControl's primary focus is to combat infection in many ways, through the supply of innovative solutions which control infection. M Karl Stanners comments, "Long involvement in the healthcare industry identified the growing need for very focused infection control programmes and products. The nature of modern micro-organisms and their ability to resist traditional infection control methods is a serious problem and one which we could see needed attention. InControl was founded as a true purpose-driven company brand, namely to fight infection within healthcare facilities of all kinds." G Cuff First – advanced glove dispensing system The best example of this is InControl's flagship product – Cuff First, a unique glove dispensing system which is regarded as the most significant advance in disposable glove dispensing in the last 30 years. The design of the packaging presents the glove cuff first, dispensed from the bottom of the pack, an ostensibly simple but very successful solution that has been clinically proven to reduce cross-contamination by 96%.* The product came about after research demonstrated that traditional glove boxes frequently become contaminated due to the constant, unavoidable touch of many different user's hands. This in effect turned the glove boxes into "reservoirs of infection" with levels of infection too numerous to count.** These infected gloves then came into contact with patients, creating a cross-contamination risk. Transmission of micro organisms from the hands of health care workers is the main cause of nosocomial infections*** and it only takes one unclean hand to infect a traditional glove box. The Cuff First dispensing system overcame many other potential infection issues with traditional glove packaging as well. For example, the pull tab opening prevented contamination of the dispensing slot. Once in the dispenser, users never need to touch the actual box, and cannot touch the other gloves in the box, particularly those areas, the palm and fingers, most in contact with patients. Trials also demonstrated that by presenting the glove cuff first, the speed of putting on the glove was improved by 50%. There was zero wastage as the gloves are dispensed one at a time, and any dropped or unused gloves cannot be put back in the box. The system also includes single and triple pack wall dispensers which have antibacterial properties. InControl is presently researching a number of other innovative new products to add to its stable. The over- riding criteria for any product is that it must provide a genuine solution to infection control issues, that combine innovative technology with high level efficacy whilst also being affordable. Stanners concludes, "Our Cuff First product has been very well received in the marketplace because it offers a simple yet highly effective solution to a real problem. We are presently working on a number of similarly effective additions to the InControl product range that will, like Cuff First, reflect our company by-line, "Infection. Controlled'. This is measured not only in the way they work and the benefits they offer users and patients, but also in their ability to meet the cost efficiencies critical to the management of health care, where effective solutions must also be weighed up against their cost to determine their ultimate viability." * Clinical study on traditional glove boxes collected from various wards and locations in an anonymous NHS Hospital Survey, 2009 **Contamination of examination gloves in patient rooms and implications for transmission of antimicrobial resistant micro-organisms 2008 ***Guideline for hand washing and hand antisepsis in a healthcare setting. AM J Infect Control 1995.

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