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Scunthorpe Hospital Handles Germs Effectively

Germs are invisible and carry all sorts of hidden little nasties, but not for much longer.  Domestic departments in hospitals across North Lincolnshire are using special fluorescent marking gel on certain areas, like door handles, in order to make the invisible visible.

They are doing so by using the fluorescent marking gel in combination with UV lighting, in order for germs to be more easily seen and therefore cleaned or avoided from contact.  Thus, making people more aware of what is on their hands in an attempt to stop infections from spreading and in-patients from being cross-contaminated.  A prominent example of this is from the number of people touching door handles.  The NHS hopes that this new idea will instil confidence in both its patients and their visitors.

I-Pods Aid Cleanliness of Door Handles

The new fluorescent marking gel and UV lights will work in conjunction with I-Pods enabling the data to be recorded.  To test whether this strategy of germ prevention could work in parts of the hospitals involved, the necessary equipment will be on a two year lease from Trust’s Dragon Den scheme.  The idea was initially pitched to the Trust by a hospital support services supervisor, David Mooney, who pitched his idea to both executive and non-executive directors.

Door Handles and Dragons Den

Having been through the Dragons Den scheme, David Mooney was able to secure £7,000 in order to lease specialist equipment and technology to record trending data.  Mooney knows that this is an important step in the right direction due to the rate at which germs spread within a hospital.  Mooney stated “We have previously been able to monitor and record how clean an area is by checking the visual signs such as dust. We have never been able to look any further until now.”  But now, thanks to the I-Pod data collection and analysis technology, they are able to see so much more.  The I-Pods are able to alert users as to whether each area has passed or failed the germ cleanliness test and monthly reports can be collated for staff, patients and visitors to see. 

The Dragons Den scheme and hospital want to work together with their staff, patients and visitors in order to gain feedback and make this new fluorescent marking gel more effective in practice.

Invisible Germs Made Visible on Frequently Used Areas Such As Door Handles

The fluorescent marking gel is classed as a dabbing device, where gel is dispensed through a sponge on the tip of the gel tube.  This gel is applied to areas in the hospital that are the most frequently used, such as door handles, trolleys, desks, call bells and bedside tables.  The gel is left for 24 hours and is then put under the UV light.  This makes any invisible germs visible and aims to reduce the length of time that patients spend in hospital.

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