Thursday, August 29, 2019

Patients - It's ok to ask your doc to wash their hands | Professionals Wash Your Hands !!

At IDWeek 2018, the annual conference for the Infectious Diseases Society of America, I was struck by one simple truth.

We are still talking about washing our hands, or in our professional lingo, hand hygiene.
Hand hygiene is the simplest, most effective way to prevent infection. Most of us know this intuitively, without the science, as we grew up being reminded by our parents and teachers to wash our hands. It simply makes sense. Our hands are the most exposed part of our body and are in constant contact with our non-sterile environment (fecal veneer, anyone?). If someone does not wash their hands in the restroom, we are aghast. Don’t they realize that is a health risk?

This issue even resulted in an #IDWeek2018 Twitter post regarding the excellent hand hygiene in the restrooms.
Consider that, excellent hand hygiene noted by healthcare workers, as compared to what? Their home, hospital or clinic? Where else do they observe more hand washing?
We take those hands and feed ourselves, our loved ones. We provide care, and perform procedures and surgeries (with gloves as further protection, of course). But since 1847, when Semmelweis demonstrated the value of hand washing, we have struggled to have full compliance with hand hygiene in healthcare. In the face of the continual fight against sepsis, still we talk, study, and publish articles on the importance of hand washing.
The simplest thing. Wash your hands. Or now, use the hand sanitizer. Before and after patient care. Before eating, after using the restroom. It takes 15 seconds or less, depending on the method. It is so easy. Session discussions included ideas on how to monitor hand washing – direct observations on the unit? App use for recording hand hygiene opportunities? Technology on badges or door frames? Silent monitoring on sinks? Why on Earth would we still need sessions on achieving adherence with hand hygiene in 2018? Why do we not all simply do what we know is best for the health of ourselves and our patients?
This, my friends, is where sociology, more specifically, sociobehavioral science comes into play.
There may be ample science showing the benefits of handwashing. There are pre-created campaigns for handwashing (5 Moments of Hand Hygiene from WHO), and even specific marketing focused on hand hygiene. Not to mention the seemingly endless amounts of hand sanitizer and sinks with soap that can be found in every hospital.
It turns out that knowing the science and being reminded is simply not enough. A four-hour workshop led by Dr. Julia Syzmczak (University of Pennsylvannia) at IDWeek entitled “Changing Hearts and Minds: A Sociobehavioral Approach to Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infection Prevention” focused on the fact that science and education do not necessarily equate to behavioral changes in humans (improved hand hygiene). How we as humans behave in a hospital is subject to the same sociologic pressures as the rest of the world. We are not robots, we are humans. We are subject to the impact of perceptions and perceived culture. And if I learned anything, I learned that culture will beat science EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK when it comes to human behavior.
So, what does this mean for us? Do we stop trying? Do we stop innovating?
No, of course not. But, we need to stop forgetting that the successful implementation of science and best practices carries a wild card with it – humanity.
Medical care is increasingly complex, fast-paced and full of “priorities” for providing state of the art care. The reality is, not everything can be a priority. In a realm of competing priorities, how does a single provider pick which priority is actually most important? Will preventing infection via handwashing always fall at the top of the priority list? Should it?
Where do we go from here? The answer, I believe, is as infectious diseases physicians, healthcare epidemiologists, infection preventionists, healthcare providers and patients, we must give human behavior and sociology, an equitable seat at the table with science.
We need to address the competing priorities, study and understand the behaviors we want to change (not always washing your hands) and why that behavior exists. Then focus our interventions on the behavior itself. Science and education are critical to this role; but can no longer be touted as the holy grail of implementation. We need to consider human nature, the social constructs of our institutions, our organizational ‘culture.’
It is crucial that we embrace the sociologic components of healthcare as we strive to continually provide the best possible care for our patients.
Why? Because in the end, we are all patients.
And as your patient, I want you to wash your hands.
This was originally posted by PW blogger Kelly Cawcutt, MD, to the University of Nebraska Medical Center Division of Infectious Diseases blog.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Antimicrobial Badge Holder - Made in the USA!

First Antimicrobial Badge Holder was produced today in North Carolina 

Antimicrobial Badge Holder
Mr. Donald Black, President of New Generation Product (NGP) was on hand in North Carolina to witness the first Antimicrobial Badge Holder manufactured in the USA.  Mr. Black has been working towards the moment as a sub-licensee for the USA of Antimicrobial Badges, ID Badge Holders, US Patent 7851517B2.   The inventor, Lisa Holmes was thrilled to hear the news, having invented the product in 2010.  Lisa said, "I am relieved and elated there was a finally a solution coming to the market that will control the transmission of germs and pathogens on employee or school ID Badges and cards.”

A simple solution to controlling bacteria on your ID badges! 


The badge holder patent is pioneering the emerging field of Antimicrobial Identification and Cash Substitution Instruments. Offering a simple solution for inhibiting the growth and transmission of germs, viruses and dangerous pathogens that thrive on the surfaces of intensely circulated products.

(Left) Don Black holds the first Antimicrobial Badge Holder ever made in the United States

Sub Licencee

New Generation Product, Inc. (USA)
Don BlackPresident/Founder
TEL: 704.307.6717

Friday, June 21, 2019

Newest Thing In Antimicrobial Card Films Market? Plastic Money

(Antimicrobial) Card Films Market Report

Plastic money is greatly supported by plastic films used to produce the cards. Along with credit or debit cards, key cards, ID cards of institutions, companies or organizations is very common to be found with a person. 

Card films are special plastic films made durable and flexible with other properties like color holding capability, printability, heat resistance, right surface finish, capable of holding lamination or coating and much more. 

Card films differ from other plastic films due to high machinability as these cards require to be manufactured with very strict tolerances. 

Card films market seems to be fairly stable due to everlasting demand of cards in various industries and organizations. 

The applicability of card films is increasing due to its various advantages over other methods of identification and security.

Card Films Market Dynamics

Cards films for security and identification purpose need to possess various properties like excellent machinability as dimensions of the card need to be very precise. These cards are manufactured with very tight tolerances.

This is the main purpose of manufacturing special films for manufacturing cards.

Along with this, card films need to be durable, good printability, abrasion resistant, chemically inactive, waterproof, UV protected and much more. Along with these properties, the addition of magnetic stripe film and smart chip are the features enabling a card to generate various codes and making every card unique.

Thus, card films are made suitable for such value added features and thus driving card films market. The antimicrobial surface protection is another feature introduced by various film making companies considering the rough use of the cards which are hardly ever cleaned. Such advancements in card films manufacturing are driving the card films market.

Various organizations have adopted finger print detection systems for identification and security purpose. This system is proven to be more secure than card films, and loss of card creates a huge problem for the users. As fingerprint scanners are costlier than card system, finger print systems are used by very few organizations. Thus, finger print system is a potential restraint and can be proved as a threat shortly.

Card Films Market Segments

The card films market can be segmented by material of film used as
·         Rigid PVC films
·         HIPS films
·         PET films
·         Polyester film

By visibility through the film, card films market can be segmented as
·         Clear or Transparent
·         Opaque
·         Translucent

The card films market can be segmented by surface finish of film as
·         Matt
·         Glossy

The card films market can be segmented by region as
·         North America
·         Latin America
·         Western Europe
·         Eastern Europe
·         Middle East & Africa
·         Asia Pacific excluding Japan
·         Japan

Card Films Market Regional Outlook

Card transaction or cashless transitions are widely opted by the people in developed regions like North America and Western Europe. The huge population of Asia Pacific also contributes to a large number of card usage. Although, the card films has a potential market in the entire globe as organizations prefer to get their requirement of cards manufactured from the nearest manufacturer rather than importing from foreign. Thus, the card films market volume may differ in various regions but has some potential in every region as most of the organizations operating at big scale opt for card identification system, even under developed countries have various national organizations which require card identification. Emerging economies of Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Africa are the target for various multinational companies which hire thousands of employees and become responsible for development and globalization in the region. Thus emerging economies also have the potential market for card films

Card Films Market Key Players

·         D&KGroup
·         RajIncorporated
·         DunmoreCorporation
·         WrapidManufacturing Ltd
·         TekraInc.

Regional analysis includes
·         North America
·         Latin America
·         Europe
·         Asia Pacific
·         Middle East & Africa

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The cash and cards YOU touch every day are crawling with germs including lethal superbugs, study reveals

The cash and cards YOU touch every day are crawling with germs including lethal superbugs, study reveals

The findings come after US loan firm LendEDU tested how dirty our money and cards actually are - and it turns out the answer is filthy

Marking the moment - Antimicrobial Badge Holders and Credit Cards

Marking the moment 

Donald Black, Lisa Holmes (Patent Holder) and Jim Bettinger 

May 2019: These gentlemen will bring a simple solution to controlling bacteria on your credit cards and workplace wearable identification badges and badge holders.  Don Black and Jim Bettinger, will be launching the first product in the USA  - from the Antimicrobial Credit Card, and Badge Holder patent. Pictured here with Patent Holder, Lisa Holmes.  

Your Credit Card May Be Dirtier Than A New York City Subway Pole

Your Credit Card May Be Dirtier Than A New York City Subway Pole

We’re typically more concerned about where our money goes than where it has been ― but new findings posted by financial education website LendEDU might make you reconsider.

New York Subway Pole

The company released the results of an experiment testing more 40 debit and credit cards, 27 different bill denominations, and 10 coins for germs. Each payment method was swabbed with a handheld germ testing device and assigned a “germ score” to rank the item on the disgusting scale. The higher the score, the dirtier the item. And spoiler alert: Our money, like pretty much everything else in the world, is prettydirty.
Somewhat surprisingly, credit cards took the top spot for dirtiest form of payment, with the front of the cards averaging a score of 285, and the back 317. The top card scored a whopping 1,206. For reference, a New York City subway pole scored a measly 68.
Cash didn’t fare much better, coming in with an average germ score of 160 ― just 3 points lower than the bathroom at Penn Station in New York. One $20 bill from 2009 scored a 633, while coins turned out to be the cleanest currency of all, averaging a germ score of 136.
It’s important to note that this study doesn’t appear to have been conducted in a lab or by trained researchers. The data isn’t published in an academic or scientific journal. It’s simply for informational purposes, so it should be taken lightly.
That aside, you might still be thinking about just how many times you’ve swiped, withdrawn or handled money recently and now want to make sure you promptly scurry to the bathroom to wash your hands. But you should know that at the end of the day, your money is no dirtier than other surfaces you touch all the time without ill effects. After all, we’re all basically covered in poop and seem to be doing just fine.
Kelly Reynolds, professor and chair at the University of Arizona’s Zuckerman College of Public Health, pointed out to HuffPost that this is hardly the first revelation about money’s dirt factor. She recalled one study at her own lab that found 90% of bills tested were positive for fecal matter.
“Is this something to worry about? No,” Reynolds said. “I wouldn’t put money in my mouth, but typically you’re handling money with your hands, which are in a lot of places all day long. Wash your hands before they can become a route of transmission to your face, eyes, hands or mouth.”
Reynolds also suggested a good night’s sleep, reducing stress and eating well ― things that help overall health ― also help to fight off infection and make you less susceptible to bacteria.
Though paper money is porous and nearly impossible to disinfect, bacteria we are exposed to on dollar bills and elsewhere are just part of the human experience.
“We’re not all dropping dead,” Reynolds said. “It’s just a hazard that’s part of life. I just focus on washing my hands. If everyone was better about doing that we could reduce about 30% of all illnesses, if we just washed our hands at the proper times ― before you eat and before you prepare food.”
So go on, keep swiping, spending and handling your cash― just maybe use some of it to buy some hand soap.

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