Prevention to fight waste

Use of suitable medical devices can be a tool to fight economic waste.

Written Wednesday, by Emanuele Mortarotti

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Today’s subject is related to a recent study on hospital infections in Italy. This negative trend could be inverted using the right medical devices, accompanied by careful assistance from sector operators.

Using suitable medical devices ensures prevention against hospital infections: is what is asserted by Francesco Venneri, director of “Clinical S.O.S and patient safety” from the Local Health Unit Toscana Centro. The study, presented in Pisa during the convention '3 to 0 campaign against infections', produced results worthy of note. In fact, we are looking at a possible 60% reduction in the blood infectionscaused by application of catheters in patients hospitalised in intensive therapy.

The research concentrated on critical patients in the intensive therapy units and on the percentage contracting infections due to application of cannulas to vascular access.

The study highlighted that it is possible to block the increase in the number of patients suffering infections, hence avoid an increase in national health expenditure, simply through more careful strategies and conduct. Statistics conducted on the problem show worrying numbers: the number of hospital infections contracted in a year goes from 450 to 700 thousand. “An avoidable phenomenon that could give hard-hit public health budgets some respite” researchers sustain, illustrating details that can help savings. It just means using a simple “plaster” to protect the catheter hook, totally anti-microbial and transparent, to reduce the risk of contracting blood infections. “If applying the plaster were to become a habit in the intensive treatments of all hospitals we could avoid about 60% of the infections; and recover funds amounting to about 15 million euro a year for the National Health Service”, the research concludes.

Infections caused by an assistance problem have a considerable incidence in adverse health events, often connected to the wrong clinical-assistance provided by health operators or to bad medical team organisation. The results of this research are clear. A correct medical device use choice is fundamental to prevent infections, especially those affecting vascular access.

These excellent results are combined with the absolutely non-negligible economic factor. Savings would become not just a matter of millions of euro, but also of human lives and could be allocated to other purposes. An example? This sum could be used to compensate those patients (or family members) victims of medical malpractice who apply for it and often go unheard.

At this point, the active participation and commitment of industries producing  medical devicesbecomes vital. These precious companies should not operate solely for mere profit,  just considering the economic aspect. They need to consider the importance they have in the “assembly line”. They could become the right-hand men of researchers. The ideas of scholars alongside the professionalism and experience of manufacturers.

One lot cannot work without the others.

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