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Path03Gen Is Taking a Step In the Right Direction to Reduce Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI’s)

Amazing research and developments are taking place all across the globe.

In St. Petersburg, Florida there is an organization dedicated in fighting  harmful pathogens and the St. Pete Catalyst’s Journalist Margie Manning had the following to report on the “Green Earth Medical Solutions” technology company:

Green Earth Medical Solutions developed technology that kills germs on the bottom of shoes, which often are overlooked as a source for bacteria, virus and other disease-causing microorganisms.

The company’s PathO3Gen sanitizing stations combine UVC, a type of ultraviolet light, and ozone, to sanitize shoes. Anyone entering a healthcare facility or a critical care area steps on the station and waits for about six seconds. When they step off, 99.9 percent of the deadly pathogens have been eliminated, said chief operating officer Scott Beal.

Healthcare acquired infections, or HAIs, cause about 100,000 deaths every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There’s been a lot of attention paid to infection control in healthcare, most of it focused on hand washing and cleaning high-touch surfaces. A 2017 clinical study showed 77 percent of the soles of shoes walking into a hospital contained superbugs such as MRSA and C. difficile, or a combination of the two.

“Initially, clinicians said ‘we don’t operate on the floors, those are not areas of concern,’” Beal said. “But the infection control community and stakeholders have been coming out with more and more published credible studies that say what is tracked in on the floor is getting airborne and aerosolized, and makes it to high-touch areas, which then cause HAIs.”

Reducing pathogens tracked in by shoes also increases the efficacy of other sanitizing methods, because the building is not being overrun by germs, Beal said.

Hospitals have financial reasons to reduce hospital-acquired infections. Beginning in 2015, federal reimbursements to hospitals were directly affected by their HAI rates.

AdventHealth Connerton, an acute-care specialty hospital in Pasco County, is testing the technology.

“The sanitizing stations allow us to establish new protocols that proactively prevent infections to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients while they’re in our care,” Debi Martoccio, chief operating officer at AdventHealth Connerton, said in a statement.

With any new technology, gaining traction and changing minds are tough to do, Beal said.

“It’s important to have someone the size and scope and reputation of AdventHealth that sees the benefit of what we are trying to accomplish,” he said.

There also are foot sanitizing stations at Cypress Creek Assisted Living in Sun City Center.

There are competitors that use UVC to disinfect shoes, Beal said. None of those companies combine UVC with ozone, a combination initially created by Asher Gil, an Israeli aeronautical engineer. Gil tested his combination of UVC and ozone at University of South Florida. Gil was bought out about three years ago by his partners, who further developed the technology and ran clinical tests. The product went to market in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Those initial owners and one outside investor have provided the capital for Green Earth Medical, now in its second round of fundraising, Beal said.

The company is headquartered in downtown St. Petersburg. It has four full-time employees, and contracts with distributors to market the sanitizing stations. There are about 25 to 30 representatives in the field marketing the product, and the company is in the early stages of talks with more healthcare facilities, as well as clean rooms and labs, Beal said.

The sanitizing stations are the only product right now, but other products are in the process of being patented, he said. He expects to ramp up development on those once the company gains traction.

“We are out trying to market, educate, change perceptions and shift the paradigms that exist around infection controls,” Beal said. “Our goal is to reduce bioburden in every facility that has an immune-compromised population.”

RESOURCE;  https://stpetecatalyst.com/st-pete-tech-company-steps-into-hospital-safety/

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Julio C. Guerra MD, FAAP Is Welcomed As a Member Of the C Diff Foundation’s Medical Advisory Board

We are honored to have
Julio C. Guerra, MD, FAAP join the C Diff  Foundation’s Medical Advisory Board as we continue to grow and promote the prevention, treatments, and environmental safety for C. difficile infections
and healthcare-associated infections worldwide.

 

Dr. Guerra is a seasoned healthcare professional with the ability to fuse clinical expertise and his passion for medical innovation. He is the founder and CEO of Itus Healthcare, a New Jersey Medical Device company and through a series of important research, product development and commercialization milestones, has led the Itus Healthcare team with the development of innovative products that address the prevention and control of Healthcare Associated Infections.

Dr. Guerra is the Founder and CEO, Itus Healthcare, LLC. Medical device company focused on innovative products for the prevention of Healthcare Associated Infections and
Present (1992 – present): Medical Director and Owner, College Plaza Pediatrics, PC, medium size pediatric ambulatory centers located in both Randolph and Hackettstown, New Jersey.

Education:
1987-1988: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, New York. Fifth Pathway Clinical Clerkship Program
1983-1987: Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico, Medical Degree
1977-1983: St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas, Bachelor of Science in Biology / Minor in Chemistry.

Clinical Training:
1991-1992: Chief Resident, Overlook Hospital, Summit, New Jersey, Internal Medicine / Pediatrics Combined Residency Program
1988-1991: Internal Medicine / Pediatrics Combined Residency Program, Overlook Hospital, Summit, New Jersey

Academic Experience:
1993-1996: Director of Ambulatory Pediatrics, Overlook Hospital. Summit, New Jersey. Directed pediatric education program for both medical students and residents from Columbia University, New York City.

With a long line of innovative applications and designs, Dr. Guerra has accomplished developing the following:
2015 – Co-Inventor of StethGuard™ Disposable Stethoscope Covers
2014 – My Medical Inventory™ – Designed and developed a medical SAAS (Software As A Service) web based software program for inventory and tracking of inventory and medical practice optimization.
2012 – Smart Phone (iPhone / Android) Application. “Kids Weight” application. Medical application for converting pediatric weights from gms. / kgs. to pounds/ ounces.
2011 – Smart Phone (iPhone / Android) Application. “The Baby Scale” application. Application for calculating percentage of body weight loss during the newborn period to assist pediatric healthcare professionals with newborn nutrition management.
2011 – Smart Phone (iPhone / Android) Application. “The Kids Fever MD” application. Application for calculating correct dosing of acetaminophen and ibuprofen for professional pediatric healthcare providers and consumers.
1997 – “Survanta®” NICU Palm Pilot Dosing Calculator for neonatologists. Mathematical calculator that provides accurate dosing in aliquots and positions for preterm / term infants with RDS based on infants weight.
1992 – Newborn Visual Stimulation Designs. Award winning visual stimulation designs for newborn infants. Developed visual stimulation designs used all over the world to enhance visual tracking in preterm and newborn infants. Designs licensed by Ross Labs® makers of Similac® from 1992-1995.

Volunteering is part of community team work that is no stranger to Dr. Guerra and we appreciate his time and support of the C Diff Foundation with the contributions he has made over the years with the following organizations:
2007: New York Marathon runner for the “Team for Kids”
2005: Foundation for Peace. Assisted this organization in providing formula and medical equipment for their programs in San Domingo
2004: Pediatrics AIDS work in Ethiopia, Africa
2001, September 11-13: 9/11 “First Responder” Physician at Ground Zero (World Trade Towers), New York, New York
1992-1994: Pediatric AIDS of Newark, New Jersey. Worked with children afflicted with AIDS and assisted with providing them physical exams for attending summer camps
1994-present: Developed fund drives for assisting various children with different life threatening diseases

Awards:
2017 – Randolph Township Business Achievement Award – Itus Healthcare
New Jersey Top Docs – 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Patient’s Choice Award – 2009, 2010, 2011,2012, 2013 Compassionate Doctor Award 2009, 2010, 2011,2012, 2013
New Jersey Favorite Kids Doc Award – 2009 – 2017
Best Doctors in America, 2005 – present

Medical Boards:
1994- Present: Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics
1994-Present: Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Medical License:
New Jersey
New York