Spotlight Interview with the Best Mobile App Awards

October 2017

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Clinell Training Package: Best Educational App!

In August 2017, the Clinell Training Package won ‘Best Educational App’ in the Best Mobile App Awards. Since then we have been put under the spotlight in an interview with the Best Mobile App Awards to tell them a little more about how the training package came about, what makes it unique and our vision for the future.

Developed in conjunction with some of the leading infection prevention and control (IPC) specialists in the UK, the Clinell Training Package is a tablet-based software package designed to arm infection prevention professionals with the very best tools in their fight against healthcare associated infections.

Take a look at the interview here.

 
Interviews with our scholarship recipients

October 2017

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Nicola and Sarah are two exceptional nurses who are receiving our GAMA Infection Prevention Scholarship. We’re providing a full scholarship, covering all tuition fees, for them to each study a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Practice with focus on Infection Prevention.
We caught up with both of them shortly after they’d received the good news.

Nicola Headon

Nicola Headon

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

Tell me about yourself?
I went to school and studied nursing and then spent 6 and half years in intensive care, getting myself a sister’s post there. But I’d always had an interest in infection control, so, when a post came up, in my same hospital, I jumped at it. With intensive care you have a lot of very sick patients, and a lot of them don’t do so well and it’s hard. But, with infection control, you can make a big difference to a huge number of people.

How long was it since you moved into infection prevention?
18 months but, in intensive care, a lot of the patients that come in have infections and sepsis so you get quite involved with it anyway. More than the general wards, it gets really embedded into your practice because it’s life or death for those patients.

Do you have any advice for any nurses looking to move into infection prevention?
In our hospital, we don’t have link nurses – but I do think that’s a really important role. I think that if they can increase their own knowledge, and become specialists within their own team, then they can have quite a big impact on their area. That can be the kind of thing that really helps them get into the post.

Why did you apply for the PG(Dip)?
I’ve been in the role for 18 months, and I’ve learnt a lot on the job, but I just felt like I could do with some formal education. Just to underpin that and deal with the finer understanding of how infections are spread, how the process works. Hopefully by understanding that, it’ll give us a better idea of what we can do to actually prevent them.

What appealed about the course at the University of West London?
The lecturers are a massive thing because they’re so renowned in the field – I mean, you’ve got 3 authors of the Epic 3 guidelines in there. These are teaching specialists with such a wealth of knowledge on the subject. Who better to teach than the best?

What does the course mean to you?
Oh gosh. Well it’s good for my own personal development, and hopefully it’ll be a huge stepping stone in that respect, but – hopefully – it’ll have a positive effect on the patients that we look after in our health boards. Anything I learn and any research that I do can hopefully be applied back to them.

Any final thoughts?
Just thank you very much for the opportunity. I’m not sure it would be happening if it wasn’t for the scholarship so thank very much to GAMA.

Thanks Nicola, it was great chatting with you. Hope all goes well with the course and it gives you a stepping stone as you start the next stage in your career.

Sarah Wright

Sarah Wright

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Tell me about yourself?
I qualified in 2011, working various jobs between orthopaedics and plastics – so I’m surgical nurse trained – and that was at Guy’s & St. Thomas’ in London. Then, this year, I moved over to Oxford John Radcliffe in an infection prevention and control nurse role. I was previously an IPC link nurse at my old trust for a year and a half, which is where a lot of my interest has come from. I’ve done various in-house courses as I’ve gone along. I’m very keen to get a master’s because I was unable to attend my graduation ceremony or get a graduation picture for my undergraduate degree – for various reasons – but, because I hadn’t done that, I’m very motivated to get myself a photo with the hat and gown. As well, because I’m so interested in evidence-based practice, I’m very keen on education to underpin that.
I’ve done one level 7 course at my previous job in plastics, a breast care course, which I did very well in and got a distinction. That spurred me on to say “actually I can do this” so, when my colleague emailed me about the scholarship, I thought there’s nothing to lose in trying to apply – funding for education can be hard to come by.

How did you first get interested in infection prevention?
I think it probably stemmed from working in orthopaedics. You can end up with nasty infections like osteomyelitis and things related to that. Going into plastics and being surgically trained meant I was trained on things like wound infections. I think I’m a bit of a perfectionist as well when it comes to things like ANTT, cannulation, wound care and completing tasks to a high standard – I think it’s built into my personality.

Are you planning on doing the full MSc?
That would be the aim. Obviously, we’ll see how I go and see where we are with circumstances in 2 years’ time but that’s the plan so that I can graduate. I think I’ll work harder at my master’s: I think you look at it differently than when you do your first degree. It’s a lot harder and requires a lot more of you – there’s no just “getting through it”.

Thanks Sarah, good luck with the course! Hope you get a really nice photo with your cap and gown!

 
Clinell Training Package wins Best Educational App!

August 2017

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The Clinell Training Package has taken ‘Best educational app’ in the Best Mobile App awards. Developed in conjunction with some of the leading infection prevention and control (IPC) specialists in the UK, the Clinell Training Package is a tablet-based software package designed to arm infection prevention professionals with the very best tools in their fight against healthcare associated infections.

From advanced audit tools to simple games, the Clinell Training Package offers the most comprehensive IPC educational software suite available. Every training package a UV marker for effective auditing of cleanliness; the use of fluorescent marker mimics the microbiological data more accurately than other systems (such as ATP bioluminescence)1 and use of a UV marker system in an ICU resulted in 40% more surfaces being cleaned2. It also comes with a 50-page ‘Protecting the Patient’ supporting document that provides a thorough review of the latest clinical and scientific evidence.

The Clinell Training Package allows infection prevention specialists to make better, more informed decisions. It frees them up to spend more time engaging with staff and advocating evidence-based policy. Most importantly, the Clinell Training Package helps ensure every patient gets safe, effective healthcare.

The Clinell Training Package is available free* to acute healthcare customers, speak to your area manager to make sure you get access to your award-winning Training Package.

1 Rutala WA, Gergen MF, Sickbert-Bennett E, Huslage K, Weber DJ. Comparison of four methods to assess cleanliness. APIC; Fort Lauderdale 2013.
2 Carling PC, Parry MF, Bruno-Murtha LA, Dick B. Improving environmental hygiene in 27 intensive care units to decrease multidrug-resistant bacterial transmission. Critical care medicine. 2010;38(4):1054-9.
* Subject to minimum spend.

 
GAMA Infection Prevention Scholarship Award

August 2017

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Building on the research collaboration with the College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare at the University of West London, GAMA Healthcare is providing scholarship opportunities to candidates studying a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Practice (Infection Prevention & Control).

The course is open to those currently working in the field and is an excellent stepping stone for IPC professionals looking to further their career. Commencing October 2017, for two applicants per year, GAMA will fully finance the tuition fees for the 2-year Postgraduate Diploma. At the end, students will either receive the standalone PG-Dip, or, complete a 3rd year at their own expense to convert to a full MSc. Further details about the course can be found by following this link.

Applicants must complete their first stage application with UWL (details of how to do so can be found on the UWL website) and then complete a GAMA IP Scholarship Award application form from either Dr Jennie Wilson (jennie.wilson@uwl.ac.uk) or by downloading from the button below before the 31st of August deadline. Successful applicants will be notified by the 21st of September.

Collaboration between UWL and GAMA Healthcare will help develop the careers of the next leading lights of the infection prevention & control community. The skills and experiences they develop here will shape infection prevention policies of the future and help win the fight against healthcare associated infections.

Any questions regarding the application process should be directed towards Dr Jennie Wilson (jennie.wilson@uwl.ac.uk)

Apply and fill out our application form below before the
31st of August

GAMA IP Scholarship Award Form

 
GAMA Healthcare Disinfectant Compatibility Statement

July 2017

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) recently published a Medical Devices Safety Update (vol. 5, no. 3, May 2017) which contained an article entitled ‘Disinfectants and detergents can damage medical equipment plastics’. GAMA Healthcare are aware that this has caused a lot of concern and confusion in the Australian marketplace.

We welcome the publication of the following clarifications to the alert which is now available to view on the TGA website:

i. Certain disinfectant wipes and detergents can damage medical devices if the cleaning agent is incompatible with the device’s plastic surfaces*.
*The TGA considers cleaning agents that contain levels of benzalkonium chloride below 5-10% are safe to use on medical devices. Disinfectants generally use about 0.5% benzalkonium chloride, which is considered noncorrosive at these levels.

ii. Detergent wipes used by the hospital to clean the pumps contained the ingredient ‘benzalkonium chloride’. This is classed as a quaternary ammonium compound which is a corrosive ingredient and therefore should not be used**.
** Benzalkonium chloride is unsafe at a concentration above 10% and therefore should not be used without being diluted.

iii. When cleaning medical devices the TGA recommends that health facilities:
• Review all decontamination processes that use a disinfectant wipe or detergent containing quaternary ammonium compounds on a plastic surface***.
*** Particularly if the surface is made of polycarbonate material.

GAMA Healthcare Ltd. would like to confirm to all our customers that Clinell Universal Wipes contain benzalkonium chloride at a concentration of less than 0.5% and therefore per the TGA clarification are considered non-corrosive at this level.

We have also been advised that the wording of the alert specifically referencing detergent wipes has been interpreted to mean neutral detergent wipes. GAMA Healthcare would like to confirm Clinell Detergent wipes do not contain benzalkonium chloride.

We fully support the TGA statement that equipment manufacturers’ cleaning recommendations should be followed.

GAMA Healthcare continues to work with equipment manufacturers on material compatibility and welcomes the opportunity to collaborate on any items which require disinfection and are not currently listed on our approved equipment list.

For guidance of on using disinfectant wipes, please download the Instructions For Use below.

Statement Instructions For Use

 

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