Cleaning and Hygiene

“Life’s too short” was a response given when a cleaner was challenged to clean in a corner. She worked in hospitals where patients regularly died from needless infections. Whose life was she referring to; hers or a patient’s? If it was the latter, she was certainly...

Vaccine Paraffin

From my investigations into childhood eczema, I suggest paraffin and other mineral oils and petrochemicals are heavily implicated in the cause and are important in keeping the disease going. I’ve been asked why others have not come to this conclusion when those...

Dermatitis Treatment Cycle

Dermatitis is a disease; the word means the skin is inflamed. What you see is the immune system reacting to something. The obvious question is what it could be reacting to? The answer tends to be less obvious. Consider eczema. We helped a man who’d had eczema for 75...

EXeczema – It’s personal

Ever since a young age I’ve had eczema covering all the skin on my legs. For years I covered myself in steroid creams and went to bed with my hands covered in bandages to stop myself scratching in my sleep. I’d constantly be down the doctor’s with my mum checking to...

Wipes

Parents are advised to not use wet wipes on their children’s eczema. It makes you wonder why. Wipes should be the ideal tool to gently manage patches of eczema, so there must be something really serious to induce this degree of caution. Sadly there is – the number and...

Coat Cleaner and Conditioner

As a dog owner I know how important it is to use safe products on our dogs. With vaccinations, parasite treatments and shampooing we could be forever applying harsh chemicals to their bodies, coats and skin. In terms of medicinal products it comes down to the...

Autobio

At Crufts this year, people were asking why NewGenn, a company headed by a veterinary surgeon, addressed such diverse topics as eczema, occupational dermatitis and infection prevention?   The latter was obvious enough as The Kennel Club was again relying on our very...

NewGenn Foam Dog Wash launched at Crufts 2012

Have you noticed how aggressive dog shampoos affect the hands of many groomers and the skin of numerous dogs?  The groomers were most affected by the frequency with which their hands were in those shampoos, and for dogs it was often a matter of particularly sensitive...

Conform to What

I’ve just returned from South Korea where I was struck by the simple way old and new mesh. History shows how the Korean’s homeland was so badly damaged by other people fighting the cold war on this peninsular. From there, the only way was up and the “Miracle of the...

Silo Mentality

‘Silo mentality’ is a phrase used in corporate training. It’s derived from a row of tall grain silos where what’s happening in one silo is of no relevance to what’s happening in the next. That image can be useful for bosses who are frustrated over poor internal...

Best of Failed Practices

I have just submitted an invited chapter for a textbook on preventing health-care associated infections. The editor felt my novel The Reaper’s Rainbow significantly added to the debate. The novel’s theme allowed me to ask probing questions and he wanted the same in...

Best Practices

Healthcare Associated Infections have become an insurmountable challenge.  Tens of thousands of patients die every year around the world, despite the best efforts of dedicated professionals. Numerous international conferences are held and experts dedicate their lives...

Silence Says it All

Silence can be the best communicator. Last week I was invited to a very private public event.  Private because the participants were expressing their personal grief remembering family members they had lost to healthcare associated infections like MRSA.  Public because...

Human Resources

Times are difficult. Many governments are short of money and some can’t borrow at rates which suggest they’ll be able to service their debts. How can we expect their public services like hospitals to perform well? This blog series focuses on lethal infections acquired...

Public vs Profession

“It’s good to know we’ve managed to keep the mortality rate at only 5,000 a year.” That statement earned general acceptance at an infection control conference I attended. It demonstrated the satisfaction within the profession at having stopped the death rates...

EN Standards

Deaths from Healthcare Associated Infections are very serious, especially when most of them arise from needless infections. The countries of Europe set collective standards and EN standards are respected around the world. Since these needless infections are so...

Occupational Dermatitis

Around the developed world, hospital infection control teams assiduously follow what they call global best practices, meet their mutually agreed gold standards and utilise evidence-based research. That’s great as it shows their commitment to professional standards....

Fifteen Seconds

This blog is the first of a trilogy relating to current best practices for healthcare associated infections.  At the end of the third, I will ask what chance we have of beating the infection cycles in hospitals if we maintain those ‘best practices’. Alcohol hand rubs...

Chart

Overcoming occupational dermatitis on the hands of health-care workers seems an obvious step in reducing needless hospital infections.  By definition, the existing hand hygiene products that were heavily implicated in causing the disease would need to be replaced.  In...

Three Debates

Healthcare associated infections are an ongoing global problem. The infection control professionals diligently follow “global best practices” and meet “gold standards”.  Yet thousands of people die every year from needless infections.  This huge topic generates debate...

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