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Medicare Penalties Include Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria In Hospital Patient Injury Reporting

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The federal government has cut payments to 769 hospitals with high rates of patient injuries, for the first time counting the spread of antibiotic-resistant germs in assessing penalties.

The punishments come in the third year of Medicare penalties for hospitals with patients most frequently suffering from potentially avoidable complications, including various types of infections, blood clots, bed sores and falls.

This year – 2016 –  the government also examined the prevalence of two types of bacteria resistant to drugs.

Based on rates of all these complications, the hospitals identified by federal officials this week will lose 1 percent of all Medicare payments for a year — with that time frame beginning this past October. While the government did not release the dollar amount of the penalties, they will exceed a million dollars for many larger hospitals. In total, hospitals will lose about $430 million, 18 percent more than they lost last year, according to an estimate from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

The reductions apply not only to patient stays but also will reduce the amount of money hospitals get to teach medical residents and care for low-income people.

Forty percent of the hospitals penalized this year – 2016 – escaped punishment in the first two years of the program, a Kaiser Health News analysis shows. Those 306 hospitals include the University of Miami Hospital in Florida, Cambridge Health Alliance in Massachusetts, the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor and Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

Nationally, hospital-acquired conditions declined by 21 percent between 2010 and 2015, according to the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, or AHRQ. The biggest reductions were for bad reactions to medicines, catheter infections and post-surgical blood clots.

Still, hospital harm remains a threat. AHRQ estimates there were 3.8 million hospital injuries last year, which translates to 115 injuries during every 1,000 patient hospital stays during that period.

Each year, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, including nearly a quarter million cases in hospitals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 23,000 people die from them.

Infection experts fear that soon patients may face new strains of germs that are resistant to all existing antibiotics. Between 20 and 50 percent of all antibiotics prescribed in hospitals are either not needed or inappropriate, studies have found. Their proliferation — inside the hospital, in doctor’s prescriptions and in farm animals sold for food — have hastened new strains of bacteria that are resistant to many drugs.

One resistant bacteria that Medicare included into its formula for determining financial penalties for hospitals is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, which can cause pneumonia and bloodstream and skin infections. MRSA is prevalent outside of hospitals and sometimes people with it show no signs of disease. But these people can bring the germ into a hospital, where it can be spread by health care providers and be especially dangerous for older or sick patients whose immune system cannot fight the infection.

Hospitals have had some success in reducing MRSA infections, which dropped by 13 percent between 2011 and 2014, according to the CDC. AHRQ estimates there were 6,300 cases in hospitals last year.

The second bacteria measured for the penalties is Clostridium difficile, known as C. diff, It can be spread through contaminated surfaces or hands. ………,

C. diff has challenged infection control efforts. While hospital infections dropped 8 percent from 2008 to 2014, there was a “significant increase” in C. diff that final year, the CDC says. AHRQ estimated there were 100,000 hospital cases last year.

“The reality is we don’t know how to prevent all these infections,” said Dr. Louise Dembry, a professor at the Yale School of Medicine and president of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.

The Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program also factors in rates of infections from hysterectomies, colon surgeries, urinary tract catheters and central line tubes. Those infections carry the most weight in determining penalties, but the formula also takes into account the frequency of bed sores, hip fractures, blood clots and four other complications.

Specialized hospitals, such as those that treat psychiatric patients, veterans and children, are exempted from the penalties, as are hospitals with the “critical access” designation for being the only provider in an area. Of the remaining hospitals, the Affordable Care Act requires that Medicare penalize the 25 percent that perform the worst on these measures, even if they have reduced infection rates from previous years.

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http://triblive.com/news/healthnow/11702788-74/hospitals-hospital-penalties

FDA Grants Qualified Infectious Disease Product and Fast Track Designation To Morphochem’s IV Antibacterial Product Candidate MCB3837 To Treat C.diff. Infections

Morphochem is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company, announced July 25, 2016 that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has designated Morphochem’s intravenous (IV) antibacterial product candidate MCB3837 as a Qualified Infectious Disease Product (QIDP) for the treatment of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI).

At the same time, the FDA has granted Fast Track designation to the compound’s development program for the treatment of CDI. MCB3837 is the IV prodrug of MCB3681, an antibacterial targeted at the treatment of CDI, which is a serious and potentially fatal disease regarded as an urgent healthcare threat.

Under the Generating Antibiotic Incentives Now (GAIN) title of the FDA Safety and Innovation Act, the QIDP designation provides certain incentives for the development of new antibacterial drug products, such as priority review and additional five years of marketing exclusivity granted at the time of marketing approval. The Fast Track designation enables more frequent interactions with the FDA, often leading to earlier drug approval and access for patients.

“After the U.S. FDA’s acceptance of Morphochem’s IND in June, we are glad to have now received both QIDP and Fast Track designation for MCB3837” says Thomas Kapsner, M.D., Morphochem’s Chief Executive Officer. “These designations will help us to expedite the development of this promising IV compound for the many severely ill CDI patients who cannot be treated orally. By providing an effective IV therapy, we aim to improve the prospects and quality of life of these patients.”

Morphochem is planning to initiate a proof-of-concept Phase 2 clinical trial of MCB3837/3681 in severe CDI patients in H2 2016.

About MCB3837/MCB3681 MCB3837 is a water-soluble injectable small-molecule prodrug of the active substance MCB3681, which is being developed for the IV treatment of CDI. Three Phase 1 clinical studies have proved MCB3837/MCB3681 to be safe and tolerable. In pre-clinical studies, MCB3681 demonstrated remarkable Gram-positive antimicrobial activity against C. difficile pathogens including the highly virulent BI/NAP1/027 strain, with no cross-resistance to any established class of antibacterial.

In a multiple-dose Phase 1b study with healthy volunteers, high fecal concentrations of MCB3681 were observed resulting in a pronounced effect on clostridia and other Gram-positive species while sparing Gram-negative species, including the bacteroides that protect the intestine against colonization with harmful pathogens potentially causing gastrointestinal infections. Due to this strong pharmacodynamic effect in humans, its narrow Gram-positive spectrum, and its favorable impact on the commensal flora, MCB3681 has the potential to target C. difficile pathogens selectively and effectively.

 

Key risk factors for developing CDI include the use of antibiotics (as they suppress the normal bowel flora) and advanced age. Up to 40 percent of patients develop severe / severe and complicated CDI, associated with significantly higher morbidity and mortality rates. Treatment is currently dominated by oral therapies which, however, tend to prove ineffective for severely ill patients as they often have difficulties swallowing or digesting tablets, or problems retaining the oral medication in or moving it along the gastrointestinal tract. Alternatives are limited, as there is no approved IV therapy available at present.

About Morphochem Morphochem Aktiengesellschaft für kombinatorische Chemie is a private clinical-stage pharmaceutical company located in Munich, Germany. Morphochem is a 100-percent subsidiary of Biovertis AG, headquartered in Vienna, Austria.  Biovertis’s major shareholder is TVM Capital Life Science.  Morphochem is fully dedicated to the development and commercialization of MCB3837/MCB3681, which the company hopes to introduce as the first approved intravenous therapy for severe Clostridium difficile infections.

To read the article in its entirety click on the link below:

http://www.einnews.com/pr_news/336679603/fda-grants-qidp-and-fast-track-designations-to-mcb3837-morphochem-s-novel-intravenous-antibacterial-to-treat-c-difficile-infections

 

NEW Clorox Healthcare Fuzion Cleaner Disinfectant Kills 36 Microorganisms, Including C. difficile Spores, In 2 Minutes Or Less

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CLOROX HEATLHCARE

Kills 36 Microorganisms in 2 Minutes or Less

Now You Can Use Bleach in More Places than Ever Before     HEALTHCARE

A next-generation bleach product that kills C. difficile spores in 2 minutes, has broad surface compatibility for everyday use, and has a low odor that disappears within minutes.

Use Sites and Applications

Medical: Autoclaves, bedrails, bedside tables, carts, counters, computer screens, diagnostic equipment, dialysis machines, glucometers, gurneys, IV pumps, patient monitoring equipment, plastic mattress covers, remote controls, shower fixtures, stretchers, toilet handholds, walls around toilet/patient rooms, wash basins, wheelchairs, x-ray equipment

  • Dental: Countertops, dentist chairs, endodontic equipment, instrument trays, light lens covers, operatory surfaces, reception counters/desks
  • Veterinary: Animal equipment, transportation vehicles, veterinary care surfaces
  • General Use/Miscellaneous surfaces: Bed frames, doorknobs, hand railings, changing tables, highchairs, playpens, bath tubs, sinks and toilets

 

Directions for Use

  1. REMOVE gross soil if visible. For C. difficile spores and TB, always clean surface prior to disinfecting.
  2. SPRAY 6″–8″ from surface until surface is completely wet.
  3. To DISINFECT, let stand for 1 minute. To kill C. difficile spores, allow 2 minutes contact.
  4. WIPE with a clean, damp cloth. Allow to air dry.

CAUTION: Moderate eye irritant. Do not get in eyes or on clothing. Wash thoroughly with soap and water after handling and before eating, drinking, chewing gum, using tobacco, or going to the toilet.

Click on the link below to be redirected to the Clorox Healthcare website:

https://www.cloroxprofessional.com/products/clorox-healthcare-fuzion-cleaner-disinfectant/at-a-glance/

  • Please Contact CLOROX HEALTHCARE with any questions or concerns regarding Clorox products.

 

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PODCAST of June 28th C. diff. Spores and More With Guests Dr. Sliman & Dr. Pimentel As We Discuss Synthetic Biologics: Protecting the Gut Microbiome and Maintaining Human Health

 

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C. diff. Spores and More,”™ Global Broadcasting Network – innovative and educational interactive healthcare talk radio program discusses

This Episode:  

Synthetic Biologics: Protecting the Gut Microbiome
and Maintaining Human Health

With Our Guests:

Dr. Joseph Sliman, MD
Senior Vice President, Clinical & Regulatory Affairs

Dr. Mark Pimentel, MD, FRCP(C)
Director of the GI Motility Program and Laboratory at Cedars-Sanai

On Tuesday, June 28th  we discussed public awareness of the microbiome and its link to human health – is on the rise as evidenced by recent government-sponsored programs such as the National Microbiome Initiative.  Protection of the natural gut microbiome from the unintended consequences of intravenous (IV) antibiotics, which are excreted into the gut, is expected to protect against opportunistic enteric infections.   Recent clinical data suggest that the absence or abundance of certain microbes may be directly linked to certain infections and diseases including a Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).   Synthetic Biologics is developing two microbiome-focused drug candidates in Phase 2 development including SYN-004 which is designed to protect the gut microbiome by degrading certain IV beta-lactam antibiotics for the prevention of a CDI, antibiotic associated-diarrhea (AAD) and the emergence of antibiotic-resistant organisms.  And SYN-010 is intended to reduce the impact of methane producing organisms in the gut microbiome to treat an underlying cause of irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C).   Synthetic Biologics Inc.’s Joseph Sliman, MD, Senior Vice President, Clinical and Regulatory Affairs with Mark Pimentel, MD, FRCP(C), Director of the GI Motility Program and Laboratory at Cedars-Sinai, will be discussing both the Company’s novel microbiome-focused product candidates.

 

MORE ABOUT OUR GUESTS:

Dr Joseph Sliman, MD, Senior Vice President, Clinical and Regulatory Affairs.

Dr. Sliman joined Synthetic Biologics in January 2013 as the Senior Vice President, Clinical & Regulatory Affairs. In this position, Dr. Sliman will be responsible for the design and implementation of all aspects of clinical development, including clinical trials, and will lead the Company’s regulatory initiatives. During his service in the United States Navy, Dr. Sliman led the U. S. Pacific Fleet disease surveillance programs, including influenza surveillance, preparedness, and prevention, as well as communicable disease and injury surveillance and prevention and health policy development. Dr. Sliman earned an M.D. from the Uniformed Services University, a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, and a B.S. in Molecular and Cell Biology, with Honors in Biology, from Pennsylvania State University

Dr Mark Pimental, MD, FRCP(C), Director of the GI Motility Program and
Laboratory at Cedars-Sanai.

Mark Pimentel, MD, FRCP(C), is Director of the GI Motility Program and
Laboratory at Cedars-Sinai, Associate Professor of Medicine at CSMC and Professor of Medicine at UCLA Geffen School of Medicine in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Pimentel completed three years of undergraduate degree with honors in microbiology and biochemistry at the University of Manitoba, Canada. This was followed by his medical degree and his BSc(Med) from the Univeristy of Manitoba Health Sciences Center in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada where he also completed a residency in internal medicine. His medical training includes a fellowship in gastroenterology at the UCLA Affiliated Training Program. Active in research Dr. Pimentel has served as a principal investigator or co-investigator for numerous basic sciences, transitional, and clinical studies in such areas as IBS, and the relationship between gut flora composition and human disease.

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C. diff. Spores and More ™“ Global Broadcasting Network spotlights world renowned topic experts, research scientists, healthcare professionals, organization representatives,C. diff. survivors, board members, and C Diff Foundation volunteers who are all creating positive changes in the C. diff. community worldwide.

Through their interviews, the C Diff Foundation mission will connect, educate, and empower many worldwide.

Questions received through the show page portal will be reviewed and addressed  by the show’s Medical Correspondent, Dr. Fred Zar, MD, FACP,  Dr. Fred Zar is a Professor of Clinical Medicine, Vice HeZarPhotoWebsiteTop (2)ad for Education in the Department of Medicine, and Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Over the last two decades he has been a pioneer in the study of the treatment of
Clostridium difficile disease and the need to stratify patients by disease severity.

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TOMI Environmental Solutions and C. diff. An Ever Increasing Problem For a Healthcare Facility By: Dr. Helene Paxton

Shared by TOMI Environmental Solutions

C.DIFF AN EVER INCREASING PROBLEM FOR A HEALTHCARE FACILITY
By: Dr. Helene Paxton, MS, MT(ASCP), PhD, CIC, Infection Preventionist, Bio Guidance, LLC.

http://tomimist.com/white-paper-c-diff-an-ever-increasing-problem-for-a-healthcare-facility/

 

MORE about TOMI™ Enviornmental Solutions, Inc.

Feb. 23, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — TOMI™ Environmental Solutions, Inc.  a global bacteria decontamination and infection prevention company, announced the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has amended TOMI’s registration for its patented Binary Ionization Technology (BIT™) to include its effectiveness in disinfecting Clostridium difficile spores (C. diff)+, Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)**and influenza (H1N1)**.

 TOMI™ Expands Opportunity in US Hospital and Healthcare Markets With Amended EPA Registration

SteraMist™ BIT™ Efficacy data

 

TOMIEnvironmental Solutions, Inc. is a leading provider of infection prevention and decontamination products and services, focused primarily on life sciences including healthcare, bio-safety, pharmaceutical, clean-room and research. Our mission is to help our customers create a healthier world through TOMI’s product line. TOMI’s motto is “Innovating for a Safer World” for healthcare and life.

As a global decontamination and infectious disease control company, TOMI provides environmental solutions for indoor and outdoor surface decontamination through the sale of equipment, services and licensing of our SteraMist™ Binary Ionization Technology® (BIT™) which is a EPA registered hydrogen peroxide based mist and fog.

During August 2010, TOMI entered into negotiations to purchase the assets of a U.S. Defense company’s division that owned and operated BIT. The technology was a division of L-3 Applied Technologies, Inc. (L-3). In April 2013, we completed the acquisition of certain assets from L-3 for $3,510,000 and TOMI began to develop, engineer and complete regulatory testing for the EPA registrations of BIT and BIT Solution as a Hospital-Healthcare Disinfectant.  BIT  is the platform that runs our SteraMist equipment that currently accounts for nearly all of our revenue.

TOMI re-engineered the prototypes into TOMI’s current model of Binary Ionization Technology® (BIT™), branded as SteraMist™. This technology was developed for the neutralization of anthrax spores and sponsored by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).  This novel DARPA project was sanctioned under DARPA/CMO Contract No. MDA972-03-C-0092 and developed through the Special Projects Office/SPO.: Immune Building
DARPA Order No. P896/00 Program Code: 3310 3701 North Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22203-1714.

In June 2015, SteraMist™ BIT™ was granted a registration from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a hospital-healthcare disinfectant for use as a misting/fogging agent (EPA Registration 90150-2). Our product also holds a second EPA registration for mold control and air & surface remediation (EPA Registration 90150-1).

SteraMist™ Binary Ionization Technology® (BIT™)

BIT™ was developed in response to Amerithrax, the anthrax attacks that occurred in Washington, D.C. shortly after the September 11,2001 US terrorist attacks.  It is a patented two-step process that aerosolizes and activates a low concentration hydrogen peroxide solution producing a fine aqueous mist that contains a high concentration of Reactive Oxidative Species (ROS), mostly hydroxyl radicals. ROS cause damage to pathogenic organisms via mechanisms such as oxidation of unsaturated fatty acids such as carbohydrates, lipids, and amino acids leading to cellular disruption and/or dysfunction. The unique alteration of the chemistry of our solution occurs after passing our EPA registered BIT™ Solution through our atmospheric high voltage cold plasma arc which causes the breaking of the double bond of a hydrogen peroxide molecule.  The net result is the hydroxyl radical. This hydroxyl radical is known as Activated Ionized Hydrogen Peroxide (AIHP). The TOMI™ patented process allows these ROS (hydroxyl radicals) to exist in high concentrations without rapidly recombining and losing their reactivity.

Testing detailed by DARPA demonstrates these ROS, which include the hydroxyl ion and hydroxyl radicals, aggressively break the double bonds in bacterial spores, biological and Chemical warfare agents (BWA and CWA) neutralizing their threat and producing non-toxic by-products.

Brought to the commercial market by TOMI™ in June 2013, our current suite of products includes the SteraMist™ Surface Unit, the SteraMist™ Environment System, and BIT™ Solution. Our SteraMist™ BIT™ platform has expanded beyond the initial chemical and biological warfare applications to deactivate problem microorganisms (including spores) in healthcare, laboratory, clean rooms, and a wide variety of other commercial and residential settings. SteraMist™ BIT™ provides fast acting biological deactivation and works in even the most hard-to-reach areas while leaving no residue or noxious fumes. The by-products produced by SteraMist™ BIT™ are oxygen and humidity.

The SteraMist™ Surface Unit is a fully portable fast-acting, hand held, point and spray disinfection/decontamination system. It is a safe and easy process to make certain that your facility, home, and assets are disinfected/decontaminated to the maximum extent possible. The single applicator Surface Unit enables disinfection of all surfaces–including high touch, sensitive medical equipment, and electronics. The space is safe to re-enter within minutes after the Activated Ionized Hydrogen Peroxide (AIHP) mist has been applied. The EPA registered 5-second application time AND 7-minute contact time seamlessly results in quick room turnover while eliminating pathogens such as MRSA and H1N1.

TOMI’s SteraMist™ Surface Unit is lightweight, easy to transport, and capable of achieving reliable disinfection/decontamination as it is easily incorporated into current cleaning procedures and protocols. The hydroxyl radicals produced by TOMI’s plasma science does not require heating, ventilation, or air conditioning systems to be shut down and requires no wiping, leaves no residue and is a bleach, chlorine, formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, titanium dioxide, peracetic and silver ion free formula.

The SteraMist™ Environment System is a transportable remotely controlled system that provides complete room disinfection/decontamination of a sealed space, up to 103.8 m3 (3,663 ft3). Individually, each remote applicator can be used to treat a space of approximately 34.6 m3 (1,221 ft3). Multiple Environment Systems can be used simultaneously to accommodate larger spaces. Fast application = minimal down time. Mechanical cleaning that makes whole room disinfecting/decontaminating easier. With this automated touch-less application solution you can treat multiple areas simultaneously. Our hybrid technology – applicators can be used in manual and/or fogging modes. Great for frequent daily use, saves time and labor.  SteraMist™ is a powerful technology in fighting, reducing and eliminating bacteria including C. diff spores and when you reenter the room you can “smell the clean”

TOMI™ currently targets domestic and international markets. Our approach to the international markets is through strategic partners, manufacturer representatives,/or and licensed distribution partners. The company is currently focused in Mexico and Central America, the EU, and Asia where the technology is used for the control of microorganisms and the decontamination of large and small indoor space for biological pathogens and chemical agents. Domestically, TOMI’s primary market is Healthcare-Hospitals, Biosafety, and Pharmaceutical along with many other verticals that TOMI sells to end-users or end-user can elect to have the areas treated through the TOMI Service Network (TSN), a network professional service providers. These include infectious diseases in hospitals, bio-secure labs, pharmaceutical, biodefense, and biosafety facilities – including isolation and transfer chambers, tissue banks, food safety, and many other commercial and residential settings.

TOMI™ has extensive experience in developing training programs and application protocols for its clients and is a member in good standing with The American Biological Safety Association, The American Association of Tissue Banks, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, The Restoration Industry Association, Indoor Air Quality Association, and The International Ozone Association.

Source: 

http://tomimist.com/about-us/

 

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CDC Launches Clean Hands Count Campaign May 5, 2016 On World Hand Hygiene Day

In The News:   #CleanHandsCount

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CDC Launches Clean Hands Count Campaign

Today, May 5, 2016 –   World Hand Hygiene Day, CDC has launched a new hand hygiene campaign for healthcare providers, patients, and their loved ones called Clean Hands Count. The campaign aims to:

  • Improve healthcare provider adherence to CDC hand hygiene recommendations.
  • Address the myths and misperceptions about hand hygiene.
  • Empower patients to play a role in their care by asking or reminding healthcare providers to clean their hands

 

Hand Hygiene Is Everyone’s Responsibility
Everyone CAN Do Their Part At Preventing Infections Worldwide.

 

  • Did you know?
    • On average, healthcare providers clean their hands less than half of the times they should.
    • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer is more effective and less drying to the skin than using soap and water.
    • Using alcohol-based hand sanitizer does NOT cause antibiotic resistance.

    Patients may be at risk of getting an infection while they are being treated for something else.

    The science is clear: Clean hands protect patients and healthcare providers from dangerous and deadly infections.

    Check out today’s Public Health Matters blog to learn other things you may not know about hand hygiene. Visit: http://blogs.cdc.gov/publichealthmatters/2016/05/what-you-may-not-know-about-hand-hygiene/

    Join the CDC  today – May 5, 2016 – at 2 pm ET

    for a Twitter chat on hand hygiene.

    Follow #CleanHandsCount and @CDCgov and be sure to let us know

    who your #CleanHandsCount for

    To learn more about the CDC hand hygiene  Clean Hands Count campaign please visit:

    http://www.cdc.gov/handhygiene/

Hand Washing aka Hand Hygiene While On a Journey

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“Spring Break” is upon us and it’s the perfect time for a road-trip!

 

Traveling is one of the most important times to pay close attention to “infection prevention.”

Being prepared can help.

During a recent journey along the east coast, in the USA, a few of the Foundation members had the opportunity to visit an array of public restrooms along the way.

As we are aware, public restrooms can be a challenge and a real eye-opening experience. Many of the facilities fell short in monitoring their supplies along with the monitoring of over-all cleanliness of their restroom.

During the road trip, along various interstates, back roads, and local towns, we began to assess the establishment’s public facilities based on the following criteria:

* Cleanliness.

* Supplies offered.

* Electronic hand drying devices vs traditional supplies.

* Cleaning/Room monitoring log.

As the journey continued the restroom grading system became the topic of conversation discussing the vast ways establishments can maintain a safe, clean, and friendly environment for their visitors.  There were also discussions on how a traveler can be prepared by carrying supplies to ensure their own safety when utilizing public facilities.

The following is a list of a few supplies easily kept in a small bag during travel times:

* A small container of liquid soap (preferably one without the anti-bacterial ingredients).

* A few paper towels dampened with bleach or pack a EPA Registered cleaning product to clean the commode and high-touch areas.  It is good safety practice to store the paper towels in a sealed plastic container.  Other cleaning (Germicidal/Disinfectant) product wipes should remain in their original container or sealed separately in a plastic container.   Never mix two cleaning wipes/products together or store in the same container.

* Sheets of T.P. or a small roll.

* Sheets of dry paper towels to turn off water faucets and dry hands.

*  Attempt to open the restroom door with an elbow or use a dry paper towel to pull the door handle open in order to keep hands clean and not re-introduce germs onto the hands.

Was there a favorite rest stop/establishment along the way?  Yes.

McDonalds restrooms were found to be acceptable and met the needs of the travelers. Their establishments focus on cleanliness, offered an adequate supply of soap with automated towel dispenser or hand dryers, and facility monitoring logs in place. Their organization also displayed signs over the sinks promoting hand hygiene, a public safety announcement for both staff, and visitors.

The public restrooms at rest-stops along I-95 were impressive with their focus on cleanliness, adequately filled soap containers, and hand dryers available in each restroom with the elimination of a main door to enter/exit the facility.  Once the hands are washed/dried the reintroduction to harmful germs upon exiting the public area from a door handle is eliminated.

There were a number of unacceptable facilities located in local discount stores, some food stores, food chain eateries, and quick-mart stations.  Their sinks were not automated with motion sensors and many with two handles, empty paper towel dispensers and automatic hand drying equipment unavailable. Many restrooms were without cleaning monitoring logs promoting safety and cleanliness to the staff (food handlers), and visitors alike.

We appreciate the availability and use of public restrooms during  long commutes, when on vacations, and time away from home.  Most establishments offer adequate supplies to eliminate, and  prevent the spread of harmful germs, however;  it is always best to be prepared.  The next time a journey is planned, do not forget to pack the supplies needed for a public restroom visit that will keep you and your family safe.

The journey and hand-washing experiences become part of the adventure.  Take the opportunity to report negative experiences to the management and help change a negative into a positive for the next person visiting.

Remember to take that twenty second hand-washing break before exiting a restroom, before/after eating, before/after entering a patient’s room, after changing diapers, before/after handling food, and during the day.   Let’s stop giving germs a free ride.

Here’s to everyone’s good health!

Below you will find links available for Public Restroom locators offered by Charmin, one app for an iPhone, and an app for an Android Phone. 

http://www.charmin.com/find-public-restrooms.aspx?utm_source=msn&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Charmin_Search_Desktop_Lifestyle_SoS+App&utm_term=restroom%20app&utm_content=SvExifYv_restroom%20app_p_2095916800&sctp=ppc&scvn=bing&scsrc=bing_search&sckw=na

* App For iPhone

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/restroom-bathroom-toilet-finder/id311896604?mt=8

* App For Android

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bto.toilet