Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Asking Doctors to Wash Their Hands

21.04.2004


Health care professionals make contact with an average of 35 patients daily. If you calculate that the hand wash takes 2 minutes, including the time to find a basin, more than one hour of the work day is used for washing.



Hospital infections cost the world thousands of lives. An important cause is unclean hands. A new device will clean hands completely in a fraction of the time used for a typical hand washing.

The newly developed hand-wash device contains two main components: disinfecting fluid and the application apparatus. The hands are inserted into an opening in a box and disinfecting fluid is applied – without making physical contact with the actual device. Simple and quick compared to normal hand wash with soap and water.


Time is an important factor in this picture. A study in the EU showed that health care professionals are in contact with an average of 35 patients daily. If you calculate that the washing hands takes 2 minutes, including the time to find a basin, more than one hour of the work day is used for washing.

“Our concept would reduce the time it takes to disinfect hands by up to 75 percent,” says Petter Mehren. He is manager of the company MainSani AS, who is behind the development of the device.

When Norwegian and British health care personnel were asked why they did not practice better hygiene routines, they often said that they either forget or that the basin was not readily available. They also related that during busy days the normal hand wash takes too long – not to mention that frequent washing leads to dry and irritated skin.

“There must be an easier way to disinfect hands, I thought. So I started to conceive a plan that today has become the research project MainSani,” says Mehren. He adds that an important point is that MainSani’s liquid does not contain chlorine, iodine or alcohol. It should feel comfortable and not irritate the skin, and therefore invite more frequent disinfecting.

The potential is huge. In Norway, hospital infections cost the country somewhere between half and one billion kroner per year (60-120 mill EURO). Add to that the suffering of about 45 thousand patients that are affected. Hospital personnel do not wash their hands in half of the situations in which they should do so, and doctors are worse than nurses, shows international and Nordic surveys.

Although it is the health sector that is the main target group for the product, the possibilities are far greater.

“Very many contagions are passed via the hands outside hospitals as well. I therefore see that the disinfection devices can be placed in any area where people and bacteria gather, such as in the workplace, airports, bars and restaurants,” says Mehren.

Thomas Evensen | alfa
Further information:
http://www.forskningsradet.no

More articles from Health and Medicine:

nachricht Using fragment-based approaches to discover new antibiotics
21.06.2018 | SLAS (Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening)

nachricht Scientists learn more about how gene linked to autism affects brain
19.06.2018 | Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

All articles from Health and Medicine >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Temperature-controlled fiber-optic light source with liquid core

In a recent publication in the renowned journal Optica, scientists of Leibniz-Institute of Photonic Technology (Leibniz IPHT) in Jena showed that they can accurately control the optical properties of liquid-core fiber lasers and therefore their spectral band width by temperature and pressure tuning.

Already last year, the researchers provided experimental proof of a new dynamic of hybrid solitons– temporally and spectrally stationary light waves resulting...

Im Focus: Overdosing on Calcium

Nano crystals impact stem cell fate during bone formation

Scientists from the University of Freiburg and the University of Basel identified a master regulator for bone regeneration. Prasad Shastri, Professor of...

Im Focus: AchemAsia 2019 will take place in Shanghai

Moving into its fourth decade, AchemAsia is setting out for new horizons: The International Expo and Innovation Forum for Sustainable Chemical Production will take place from 21-23 May 2019 in Shanghai, China. With an updated event profile, the eleventh edition focusses on topics that are especially relevant for the Chinese process industry, putting a strong emphasis on sustainability and innovation.

Founded in 1989 as a spin-off of ACHEMA to cater to the needs of China’s then developing industry, AchemAsia has since grown into a platform where the latest...

Im Focus: First real-time test of Li-Fi utilization for the industrial Internet of Things

The BMBF-funded OWICELLS project was successfully completed with a final presentation at the BMW plant in Munich. The presentation demonstrated a Li-Fi communication with a mobile robot, while the robot carried out usual production processes (welding, moving and testing parts) in a 5x5m² production cell. The robust, optical wireless transmission is based on spatial diversity; in other words, data is sent and received simultaneously by several LEDs and several photodiodes. The system can transmit data at more than 100 Mbit/s and five milliseconds latency.

Modern production technologies in the automobile industry must become more flexible in order to fulfil individual customer requirements.

Im Focus: Sharp images with flexible fibers

An international team of scientists has discovered a new way to transfer image information through multimodal fibers with almost no distortion - even if the fiber is bent. The results of the study, to which scientist from the Leibniz-Institute of Photonic Technology Jena (Leibniz IPHT) contributed, were published on 6thJune in the highly-cited journal Physical Review Letters.

Endoscopes allow doctors to see into a patient’s body like through a keyhole. Typically, the images are transmitted via a bundle of several hundreds of optical...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

VideoLinks
Industry & Economy
Event News

Munich conference on asteroid detection, tracking and defense

13.06.2018 | Event News

2nd International Baltic Earth Conference in Denmark: “The Baltic Sea region in Transition”

08.06.2018 | Event News

ISEKI_Food 2018: Conference with Holistic View of Food Production

05.06.2018 | Event News

 
Latest News

Graphene assembled film shows higher thermal conductivity than graphite film

22.06.2018 | Materials Sciences

Fast rising bedrock below West Antarctica reveals an extremely fluid Earth mantle

22.06.2018 | Earth Sciences

Zebrafish's near 360 degree UV-vision knocks stripes off Google Street View

22.06.2018 | Life Sciences

VideoLinks
Science & Research
Overview of more VideoLinks >>>