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Infection Prevention: 6 Tips To Protect Patients

Let's start by examining the process or chain of infection. 

The Chain of Infection

Both inside and outside of a healthcare setting, there are quite a few pathogens that can cause serious infections and illnesses. Bacteria and viruses propagate themselves by infecting new hosts, creating a “chain of infection.” This chain can be divided up into six links: 

  • The infectious agent that causes the disease, usually a virus or bacterium;
  • Reservoirs in the environment where the pathogen can live, like soil or unsterilized medical equipment;
  • Portals of exit through which the infectious agent leaves the reservoir, like coughing or open wounds;
  • Means of transmission through which one person can pass the infection to another, like inhalation or direct contact;
  • Portals of entry through which the germ enters a new host, like an open wound or the respiratory tract;
  • Susceptible hosts. These can be anyone, but some people are more susceptible. Because nurses spend so much time around sick people, they’re at a higher risk of contracting infections than the general public.

At any one of these six points, you can break the chain and take actions that help prevent the spread of disease. As healthcare professionals, nurses play a vital role in disease prevention.

6 WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR PATIENTS

These six actionable steps can help you and your coworkers keep your patients protected from the pathogens that cause infections and diseases.

Wash Your Hands

It’s common sense, but hand washing is incredibly important. It’s estimated that fewer than half of healthcare workers clean their hands as often as they’re expected to.

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Here’s a recap of all the times during your workday that you should really be washing your hands.

  • Before an aseptic procedure. This protects your patient from pathogens you may be unwittingly carrying on your hands.
  • After body fluid exposure risk. After oral care, skin lesion care, or exposure to blood, washing your hands removes pathogens and prevents them from spreading into your surrounding environment.
  • Before touching a patient. In fact, you really need to wash your hands every time you’re about to touch a patient, gloves notwithstanding. You never know what kind of bacteria you might have picked up, and patients who are already sick can be especially susceptible.
  • After touching a patient. After giving a physical examination, helping a patient bathe, or otherwise making contact with them, washing your hands protects both you and the patients you’re going to see later in the day.
  • After touching a patient’s surroundings. Even if you’re not making direct physical contact with the patient themselves, furniture and other objects in their immediate environment could also be a haven for germs.

When it comes to hand washing, you really can’t be too safe. Taking that extra 30 to 60 seconds to wash your hands again could keep you from missing work because of the flu — and could also save the life of an immunocompromised patient.

Make sure that any relatives or visitors to the hospital also wash their hands prior to entering the hospital itself and the direct room or bedside of the patient.

Use Personal Protective Equipment  (PPE) Correctly.

Gloves and other protective equipment only work if they’re used correctly. Naturally, gloves should be worn if you’re performing a sterile procedure, if you’re at risk of bodily fluid exposure, or if you’re caring for a patient during contact precautions.

Wash your hands both before you put the gloves on, and after you remove them. If your gloves are torn or punctured, remove them and wash your hands immediately. Also, make sure your masks and respirators are fitted correctly.

Clinical healthcare uniforms are now being made using innovative fabric technology like Certainty and Certainty Plus.  Antimicrobial and Fluid Barrier + Antimicrobial Protection. Get the protection that you need from your medical workwear. Certainty and Certainty plus are available in leading medical apparel brands like Dickies and Code Happy and are sold exclusively in Australia by Infectious Medical Scrubs - Innovative Medical Uniforms.

Make sure your immunisation is up to date.

Getting a flu shot might seem like overkill–after all, it’s just the flu. But if you’re working in a healthcare setting, the last thing you want to do is spread influenza inadvertently to a patient with a weakened immune system. It’s definitely a good idea to get an annual flu shot.

 Follow The Rules Of Isolation.

Pay attention to isolation precautions, and follow the recommended guidelines. Standard isolation precautions should be used for all patients: washing your hands, safe injection techniques, and safe handling of potentially contaminated surfaces and objects. Respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette are also important for nurses.

 Follow Safe Injection Practices.

One needle. One syringe. One patient. Between 1998 and 2009, there were 51 outbreaks of hepatitis B and hepatitis C in US hospitals, outpatient clinics, and other healthcare facilities. This exposed over 75,000 people to these dangerous pathogens, and nearly all of these incidents happened because healthcare workers failed to follow basic injection safety guidelines.

 Keep Your Patients’ Rooms And Equipment Clean.

Catheters, open wounds, and surgical sites are a method of entry for potentially dangerous germs. For these patients, a dirty bedrail could turn into a catastrophe. Thorough cleaning is incredibly important. Many common infections that patients acquire in hospitals, like C. differens, are very difficult to kill.

 Keeping Yourself and Your Patients Safe

It’s a well-known fact that hospital patients are at risk of picking up secondary infections. MRSA, C. differens, and many other dangerous or deadly pathogens could be lurking almost anywhere. By taking the right precautions, and by following recommended guidelines and procedures very carefully, you and your fellow nurses can help keep your patients safe.

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MEDICAL WORKWEAR - BUYING UNIFORMS FOR DIFFERENT MEDICAL PROFESSIONS

Medical workwear - is a uniform that is practical, comfortable and durable enough to be worn every day. Practical and functional is a very important feature of medical clothing and uniforms. Practical uniforms are garments that do not restrict the wearer in any way while they are working. Practicality is the design of the garment as well as the fabric the garment is made from.  Functional uniforms are garments that deliver added benefits to the wearer like pockets, ID & Instrument loops, drawstrings. Durable uniforms are made from high-quality fabrics and precision manufacturing to ensure long life. Durable scrub sets are also great value for money as they do not have to be replaced often. Choose good quality scrubs and your uniforms will have the best fit and all the best features.

Medical clothing and footwear - are designed to protect the wearer while working in medical and health occupations. Medical clothing like white lab coats, consultation jackets provide a layer of strong durable fabric for the wearer and are usually full-length sleeves and full length to the wearer's knees. Lab coats are made from durable polyester/cotton blends. Medical footwear and shoes as worn by Nurses are designed to protect the wearer from falling objects and splashes. Leather is the perfect material to provide the protection and comfort required by healthcare professionals. Infectious medical can supply your team with the very best uniforms and protective workwear to keep you safe. Did you know that Dickies and Code Happy now supply scrubs sets, lab coats and scrub hats with antimicrobial fabrics for added protection? Browse our antimicrobial products.

Common Healthcare Professions that wear scrubs. When a person thinks of scrubs they think of Doctors, Nurses and Surgeons. But it's not just Doctors and Nurses who wear scrubs in 2016.  Times have changed and many healthcare professions are seeing that scrubs offer a stylish, comfortable and relatively low-cost uniform option. We now find that many Dentists, Vets and even Beauty and Laser therapists are choosing scrubs as their healthcare uniform. So what should you look for when buying scrubs for a particular industry?  

Dentists and Dental Nurses & Assistants

Dentists and their Nurses work in close contact with their patients and they are frequently exposed to splashes and particles. We recommend that Dentists wear scrubs or lab coats with Certainty Plus Antimicrobial fabrics with fluid protection. Remember with Infectious - buy scrubs and get 

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CERTAINTY® features unique freshness technology, which keeps odour-causing and fabric-degrading bacteria at bay so scrubs stay fresh and odour-free. CERTAINTY gives wearers confidence that their scrubs look professional and maintain their fit throughout the rigours of daily work.

CERTAINTY's durable, long-lasting antimicrobial* fabric technology withstands high temperatures and chlorine launderings, extending the useful life of the garment. (Always follow the manufacturer’s recommended laundering guidelines.)

  • Provides long-lasting freshness
  • Has a homogeneous finish throughout garment or textile product
  • Reduces growth of odour-causing and fabric-degrading bacteria
  • Allows for activation only in the presence of unwanted bacteria*
  • Extends the life and strength of textile products

CERTAINTY PLUS® products are enhanced by a revolutionary fabric technology that uses nanotechnology — tiny molecules permanently attach to fibres without clogging the fabric weave or compromising the fabric's look, feel or comfort.

  • Repels liquids on the fabric
  • Provides long-lasting protection against spills and stains
  • Retains the fabric’s natural softness

  • Outperforms conventional fabric treatments
  • Extends the life of the fabric
  • Allows fabric to breathe naturally


Infectious offers scrub tops, scrub pants, printed scrubs, scrub hats with both Certainty and Certainty Plus by our leading scrubs brands Dickies and Code Happy. Enquire today about upgrading your dental uniform to good quality scrubs. 

Don't forget Christmas is coming soon. Infectious is now stocking Christmas scrubs that you can use as your nurses uniform. So be ready for Christmas this year and buy your Christmas scrubs online from Infectious Medical.

 

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Nursing Uniforms - History and Innovations of Healthcare Uniforms

When reviewing the origins of the nursing profession, historical photographs make it easy to recognize the changes in nursing uniforms throughout history. The old-fashioned aprons over dresses style transitioned over the decades to the comfortable and stylish nurses scrubs we know today. We are glad that they decided to get rid of the hats!

Nursing uniforms are an essential part of the job. They denote the role that is played in the medical profession and allow the nurses to be easily identified. Uniforms have come on a long way from the days of the boring dress, apron and cap. One can now see some great fashionable Medical scrubs alongside conventional corporate style uniforms. Nursing uniforms were traditionally based on a nun's doctrine, as before the 19th century, it was the duty of religious nuns to care for the sick. One of the students who worked with Florence Nightingale designed the first actual nursing uniform.

In fact, healthcare professionals and support staff in most healthcare organizations have transitioned to the scrub uniform trend over time. Widespread adoption of scrubs prompted designers to focus on fashion and to enhance its wear and function by incorporating the latest technological advancements. That where Dickies Medical Apparel and more recently WonderWink have been the innovators. Dickies are the world's largest workwear company and have the insight and resources to develop the best work uniforms for medical professions.

Modern Scrubs Innovations and Technology

For example, new technology has allowed nurses scrubs to be made with softer, more tactile-friendly fabrics with added spandex. This gives healthcare professionals more room to move while performing tasks such as transferring a patient. The stretch fabrics provide unrestricted movement which allows nurses to be comfortable for longer. These innovative fabrics also enable scrub designers to produce an improved, more tailored fit for different body types because the new fabrics provide a better drape over the curves of your body.

Improved wearability is just one aspect of nursing uniforms that has changed over time. Another essential aspect of a uniform is the functionality that they provide the nurse or doctor wearing them. New scrubs designs have emphasized functionality brilliantly. Throughout a shift, nurses need a way to easily carry various work tools such as scissors, tape, medical supplies and personal items like mobile phones. The new scrubs by Dickies and WonderWink have added loops, hooks and pockets designed specifically to help make working easier.

Antimicrobial fabrics for medical apparel is one of the most exciting technologies that has ever been developed. Antimicrobial treatments such as Certainty antimicrobial protection prevents bacteria from growing on the garments. This provides the wearer with all-day comfort, neutralises odours and actually prolongs the life of the uniforms. Pretty amazing huh. Infectious supplies several styles of Women's Printed tops featuring Certainty Antimicrobial Protection.

Whether you require scrub tops, scrub pants or a fashion scrub set, Infectious Clothing Company has you covered with leading brands at great affordable prices. We strive to provide Australian Healthcare workers with the best selection of scrubs and nursing uniforms from premium brands that are superior to our competitors. Infectious has many styles of scrubs for both Men and Women in a variety of professional colours. Whether you are a Veterinarian, Dentist, Nurse, Doctor or Midwife Infectious Scrubs SuperStore has the right uniforms to fit your needs. With our vast selection of brand name medical uniforms, you are sure to find the right scrubs to fit your needs.
 
Choice and quality are what you get when you shop online for scrubs at www.infectious.com.au You get to choose from top quality scrubs brands like Dickies, WonderWink and Code Happy and top quality footwear from New Balance. When you buy quality products you can trust that you will be looking and feeling great and you will know that your uniforms will really last. Top-quality scrubs = great value for money. Nobody can argue with that. 

 

 

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Antimicrobial Products by Dickies & Code Happy

Nurses and Doctors can rejoice at the knowledge that Infectious is now stocking a great range of antimicrobial products by premium scrubs that you know and trust, Dickies Medical and Code Happy. The scrubs sets would be perfect for hospital-based workers like nurses and doctors and just about any health care professional would love to wear antimicrobial lab coats, scrub hats, printed scrub tops depending on which hospital or clinic you work in.

         

 

 

 

For the fashion-conscious health care professional choose one of our new designer leather carry bags from Code Happy. There are two styles to choose from and no matter which antimicrobial code happy bag you choose you will love the style, and functionality. Dickies, Code Happy and Infectious Clothing Company Australia teaming up to bring you the most innovative medical products and uniforms.

 

     

 

                

 

Shop online for antimicrobial nurses uniforms and medical accessories featuring Certainty Antimicrobial Protection.

 

Authorised Australian reseller of Dickies Medical and Code Happy antimicrobial products. Infectious retail scrubs store and showroom are just an hour north of Brisbane. So if any healthcare professionals from Brisbane are looking to upgrade their medical workwear, you now know where to come. We would love to meet you in person and fit you with some of the most stylish and great fitting medical apparel today.

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NEW ANTIMICROBIAL LAB COATS & SCRUB HATS BY DICKIES WITH CERTAINTY PROTECTION

Infectious is very excited to have our first delivery of antimicrobial products with Certainty protection. We have new stock of Dickies 83402A unisex lab coat with Certainty protection as well as surgical scrub hats with Certainty antimicrobial protection. Infectious will be supplying Women's and Men's scrub sets with Certainty protection in October. Be one of the first in Australia to get your hands on garments with Antimicrobial protection.

Our Dickies scrub caps are unisex and one size fits all due to the adjustable ties at the back of the hat. We have royal blue, black and ceil blue colour available for immediate shipping.

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We have also received a new stock of Dickies famous ZigZag medical clogs which are often worn by surgeons and nurses in operating theatres. ZigZag medical clogs are endorsed by the American Podiatric Medical Association. ZigZag nurses clogs are super comfortable, lightweight and can be easily washed. These medical clogs come with a handy back strap so they won't fall off as inferior clogs would. Buy medical footwear and shoes online from Infectious Medical Scrubs Australia.

        

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