Leading Infection Control through Innovation and Adaptation

Dr Sharon Salmon B.N; MPH; CICP; PhD1

1Nursing Administration,  National University Hospital Singapore

There is considerable evidence linking contamination of the inanimate healthcare environment to acquisition of hospital pathogens, particularly multi-drug resistant organisms. Survival of pathogenic organisms in the environment can be prolonged particularly in a setting of inadequate cleaning processes. Reusable receptacles are an important part of this environment.

At NUH, our Infection Prevention team systematically reviewed and sought innovative technology to help reduce hospital acquired infection and in 2014 instituted a programme to replace traditional bedpan sanitizers in favour of a disposable single-use system across inpatient areas. In addition non-touch automated cleaning equipment utilizing hydrogen peroxide was also implemented. Collaboration with key stakeholders and careful program planning were critical in our success.

Continuous consideration of cutting edge technology and adaptation to suit situational needs is essential work of a proactive infection prevention team. Collaboration with all in house stakeholders is critical to ensure successful implementation