Deep Interviews with Game Changers of Infection Prevention (Part 1)

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Deep Interviews with Game Changers of Infection Prevention

Introduction

Don Lee and Shahid Shah are the hosts of The #HCBiz Show! Their goal is to educate and empower the doers out there and to help them get the best tools and processes in the hands of the people who need them.

Their first podcast outlines their 8 episode deep dive into Infection Prevention and Control. Specifically covering the work that we do here at InfectionControl.tips and our partnership with Infonaut in Buffalo, NY at our Center of Excellence for Infection Prevention and Control.  

Infection Prevention and Control with Niall Wallace and Michael Diamond

On this episode, we’re kicking off an 8-episode deep dive on Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) and Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC). We’ll explain what the issue is, why it’s important, why it exists and what innovative companies and practitioners are (or can/should be) doing about it.

Niall Wallace is Co-founder at the Center of Excellence for Infection Prevention and Control and the CEO of Infonaut, a Hospital infection surveillance company.

Michael Diamond is Co-founder and Executive Director of The Infection Prevention Strategy, which runs the PAN-Access journal InfectionControl.tips and Co-founder at the Center of Excellence for Infection Prevention and Control.

For more information and full details from the show please visit our friends at The #HCBiz Show!

Using Barrier Technology to Stop the Spread of Infectious Disease – Rik Heller

Rik Heller is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Wello.  A self-confessed technology and healthcare geek, Rik has also been called the Grandfather of Active RFID and holds many patents in this area that are licensed globally. With a background in math and electrical engineering, he has been working in healthcare since 1989.

More recently, Rik has pursued interests in infection prevention and control, founding Wello. There he has developed, among other high-tech digital solutions, a hands-free, self-service fever screening, identification and notification platform that is focused on controlling entry of potentially contagious persons to very high-risk patient areas. Rik calls this a “barrier technology” and believes that in the battle against Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) it’s critical that we “separate the match from the fuse”.

We cover a lot of ground on this episode, including:

  1. How infections spread
  2. Why it’s only partly a healthcare solution that we need to seek
  3. The role of humidity in mitigating or amplifying a contagion
  4. Why we must dispel the myth that asymptomatic people are the problem
  5. How 10% of the sick are “super-spreaders” and how we can identify them
  6. Why you should stay home when you’re sick and why your employer should make you
  7. Where the CDC gets it wrong
  8. Why good hair days are bad health days

For more information and full details from the show please visit our friends at The #HCBiz Show!

Why Hand Hygiene Matters – Tamás Haidegger

Hand hygiene is the number one line of defense when it comes to controlling the spread of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) and infectious disease.  Since we know that antibiotic and antimicrobial resistance is on the rise, and few new antibiotics are being developed, it becomes exceedingly important that we prevent people from acquiring these infections in the first place.

On this episode, we get into the details with Tamás Haidegger and discuss:

  1. Why hand hygiene is so important
  2. How the struggle to get it right goes back to the 1800s
  3. The complex human psychology that we need to address to solve this problem
  4. The astonishing number of people who fail hand-washing tests even when they know they’re being monitored
  5. Engineering solutions that can help keep us objective
  6. How hand-hygiene can save the U.S. healthcare system $9 Billion next year

For more information and full details from the show please visit our friends at The #HCBiz Show!

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If you would like to work with InfectionControl.tips or participate within the Center of Excellence program in Buffalo, NY please contact: michael@infectiontips.org

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