Death of teen may help inspire national law with MRSA – Why Not Inspire National Technology Too?
Posted Jun 26 2009 5:31pm
The law requiring screening of patients for MRSA is a good idea, but only half the battle. Not too long ago I wrote about a technology solution so I guess the paradigms of incorporating technology into healthcare are still so very slow to be adopted. This technology gets everyone to “wash” their hands.
So the solution in my opinion needs more teeth, in other words, part 2 to have real success as part one alone with a law is only a band aid.
“When the employee comes within 2-3 feet of a patient bed, a proximity sensing bed monitor wirelessly verifies that the healthcare worker badge is illuminated. If the badge is not illuminated when it comes into the proximity of the bed monitor, the badge vibrates a reminder to the healthcare worker to wash their hands. The illuminated green LED light gives the patient "peace of mind," knowing that the healthcare worker’s hands have been washed.”
We appear to still be on the long path of learning the art of collaboration and still of the opinion that laws will be the fix. This is one of the reasons we need the “smart” people in high places that can see beyond just creating laws and embrace more of an encompassing solution. If the hospitals can’t afford the solution to washing hands, how are they going to afford the end result, and we all lose at that point with 43% of the hospitals in the US operating in the red. UCI certainly got the hint with their new facility with sinks located everywhere and the monitoring system added on would one big plus to enforce for both clinician and patient safety. BD
After 15-year-old Nile Moss died at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County-Mission from a drug-resistant staph infection, his mother dedicated herself to changing the rules for how hospitals screen for the infection.
Nile’s Law was passed in California in 2008, and now Carole Moss is in Washington to show her support for recently proposed national legislation that would require hospitals to screen patients entering high risk units, take additional precautions to prevent the spread of the methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and report institutional infection rates.