Technology helps fight infection at Dorset County Hospital

Dorset Echo: Technology helps fight infection at Dorset County Hospital Technology helps fight infection at Dorset County Hospital

DORSET County Hospital has invested in new technology to help infection control efforts.

The Dorchester hospital has launched a new computer-based infection prevention system that will alert staff when patents are either infected or at risk of infection.

This will lead to swift action to prevent infections spreading and aid existing strategies to reduce infections such as MRSA and Clostridium difficile.

Anne Smith, lead nurse for infection prevention, said: “This will be of huge benefit to assist us in improving patient care.

“It will lead to earlier treatment and more effective infection prevention management for our patients and will enable my team to work more efficiently.

“We are delighted to have this system in place – we are able to use the system on our mobile tablets around the wards.”

The implementation of the new ICNET software was delivered in record time.

Katie Houghton, founder of ICNet International, said: “The effects of healthcare associated infections must not be underestimated in terms of the impact to the patient as well as the economy.

“The latest NICE Quality Standard on surgical site infections highlights the importance of data surveillance and feedback on quality to surgeons – we are delighted to provide technology that enables quality improvement.”

Shelley McIndoe, head of ICT at the hospital, said: “The installation was successfully delivered and the ICNet project team have been supportive throughout.”

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12:20pm Mon 2 Dec 13

anika says...

Next thing is to educate the doctors. I have seen a doctor get out of his car and walk into the hospital past the hand antiseptic. He would probably say he uses it when he gets to the ward but by that time he has touched the handrail walking up the stairs so maybe depositing germs...............
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Next thing is to educate the doctors. I have seen a doctor get out of his car and walk into the hospital past the hand antiseptic. He would probably say he uses it when he gets to the ward but by that time he has touched the handrail walking up the stairs so maybe depositing germs............... ...... anika

1:01pm Mon 2 Dec 13

thetiger says...

Enforcement of using the hand gel at the entrances/exits would be of far better use than wasting money on a computer system. Anytime I've visited the hospital, whilst I'm busy using the hand gel, a dozen people have walked straight past. Why do most people seem to think they are exempt from using the hand gel?
Enforcement of using the hand gel at the entrances/exits would be of far better use than wasting money on a computer system. Anytime I've visited the hospital, whilst I'm busy using the hand gel, a dozen people have walked straight past. Why do most people seem to think they are exempt from using the hand gel? thetiger

1:03pm Mon 2 Dec 13

thetiger says...

Oh yes, exactly how much did this computer system cost? even computers are known to get a virus.
Oh yes, exactly how much did this computer system cost? even computers are known to get a virus. thetiger

2:17pm Mon 2 Dec 13

gerbil112 says...

So, a computer system tells you when someone is infectious? A conclusion made by inputting data that says that someone has an infection....

Wow, rocket science!
So, a computer system tells you when someone is infectious? A conclusion made by inputting data that says that someone has an infection.... Wow, rocket science! gerbil112

2:19pm Mon 2 Dec 13

peskykat says...

thetiger wrote:
Enforcement of using the hand gel at the entrances/exits would be of far better use than wasting money on a computer system. Anytime I've visited the hospital, whilst I'm busy using the hand gel, a dozen people have walked straight past. Why do most people seem to think they are exempt from using the hand gel?
Very true, i usually go into the hospital after i have got off the bus, a bus has loads of germs on it rails so i always make sure i use the hand gel as soon as i enter the entrance, there after i also use the hand gel on any department
enter, dosen't waste any time, if you feel it does then i suggest those non-users arrive a few minutes earlier !!
[quote][p][bold]thetiger[/bold] wrote: Enforcement of using the hand gel at the entrances/exits would be of far better use than wasting money on a computer system. Anytime I've visited the hospital, whilst I'm busy using the hand gel, a dozen people have walked straight past. Why do most people seem to think they are exempt from using the hand gel?[/p][/quote]Very true, i usually go into the hospital after i have got off the bus, a bus has loads of germs on it rails so i always make sure i use the hand gel as soon as i enter the entrance, there after i also use the hand gel on any department enter, dosen't waste any time, if you feel it does then i suggest those non-users arrive a few minutes earlier !! peskykat

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