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Infection control issues in the clinical area

Nurses face many challenges in caring for their patient's. As the patient population gets older and more frail, keeping the patients safety in the hospital environment becomes more of focus. The risk of patient falls increases, the risk of nurses injuring themselves during care procedures is a constant threat and the risk of a skin breakdown or infections are always top of the agenda.

In the US, the Centre of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that healthcare associated Infections cause or contribute to 99,000 deaths each year.

In Europe it is documented to be over 40,000 deaths per year. Infection Prevention and Control (IP&C) is a priority for anyone working in the healthcare service. Whether in an acute hospital or a community health organisation, all are striving to ensure they follow best practice and protect patients and staff from the spread of infection.

Some key considerations therefore in any product design are to have easy to clean surfaces, ease of access and visibility of all areas to be cleaned; there should be no areas to harbour micro-organisms and there should be additional protection options for high risk areas.

Additionally the design of the patients furniture should ensure a reduction in the risk of care giver and patient injury. Ergonomic bed designs that provide safety in the bed, as well as when mobilising from the bed - are a key priority. Features that ensure extra low heights to reduce the injury rate if a patient falls to features that enhance the mobility of the bed when being pushed by the care staff are also important considerations. Ergonomic sleep deck design with a good quality surface can reduce the risk of tissue breakdown, and in all this MMO are not only focused on ensuring safety but we also focus on patient dignity as is seen in the discreetly aesthetic "home feeling " product designs for patient in long terms care.