Due to unbridled use of antibiotics worldwide, more and more bacteria are insensitive to medicines. The United Nations calls it a life-threatening problem and warns that by 2050 the number of deaths worldwide due to these bacteria can rise to ten million a year. Too often antibiotics are used according to the UN, while it is actually not necessary. As a result, bacteria are becoming increasingly insensitive to it and simple infections can lead to serious life-threatening situations.
The Netherlands is investing 4.5 million euros in a new fund for the fight against bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. The first contribution is meant to convince other countries to also put money into the fund. The Netherlands is trying to take the lead in the fight against resistant ‘super bacteria’. They make hundreds of thousands of victims every year, says Minister Bruno Bruins (Medical Care), who this week receives around forty countries to jointly reduce resistance.
Prepare now for the arrival of the Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) in May 2020. Because the MDR, the new European law for medical devices, is legislation that will be enforced. This was apparent from the meeting organized by Olympus on 24 January in Leiderdorp. New legislation Under the guidance of Juul Dings, Marketing Manager at Olympus, around 70 attendees (mainly medical technicians, clinical physicists, buyers and department managers) were able to hear the impact of the MDR on maintenance of medical equipment.
It is not a reproach, but a lot of unnecessary runs are made. Healthcare institutions are there to provide care and need tools for this. But actually owning a resource fleet is not a core business. In fact: efficient deployment often only gets in the way. That is why Vegro offers a lease construction. Relieving and saving are the keywords. “Yes, and I would dare to say: save considerably,” says Frank Huiting, account manager for the Northeast region at Vegro.
Nurses and staff were searching for equipment, walking all over the hospital wasting time, and causing confusion because nobody knew where all of the infusion pumps and beds were located. This should be different thought Martijn de Vries, coordinator of Clinical Engineering for the hospital. Traditionally, nursing departments were managing their own devices. If they ran short on a piece of equipment they had to make numerous phone calls to track down equipment which then had to be brought to them.
Dr. Merel Langelaar has been working since 2012 as a coordinating specialist senior inspector at the Health Care Inspectorate (IGZ), specializing in infectious diseases, infection prevention and antibiotic resistance. In healthcare, compared to most other industries, more vulnerable groups are highly susceptible to all kinds of infections, so proper cleaning and disinfection is of great importance in this industry. During the Hygiene Forum 2017, she spoke about patient safety with regard to proper cleaning and disinfection from the role of the Health Care Inspectorate.
Hospitals spend hundreds of millions each year on purchasing medical devices. The Gupta consultancy comes to that conclusion after analyzing the sector. The researchers note that hospital administrators and buyers make insufficient efforts to pay the best price for implants, syringes, surgical instruments and other medical devices. They allow themselves to be seduced too much by sales pitch and the (complex) offers of the suppliers. It is high time for hospitals to take a critical look at their procurement process, concludes Kees Isendoorn of Gupta.