Friday, September 16, 2016

Celebrate Environmental Services Week 2016!

Seal Shield is committed to providing solutions to those in these critical and often unrecognized roles in healthcare.


Environmental Services, a department of some of the most unsung heroes of any hospital or healthcare organization, their role is critical in quality outcomes in healthcare and in preventing the spread of bacteria and infections.  This week served to celebrate, appreciate, and recognize all of the professionals working in healthcare environmental services who spend countless hours sustaining hospitals, monitoring performance, and working as a team to prevent infections and ensure quality care within our complex healthcare environment.

The challenges faced by those in environmental services are some of the biggest focus for us here at Seal Shield.  As medical technology and instruments advance, as well as the increase in the implementation of mobile devices in healthcare, it is imperative that professionals in this industry receive the tools, training, data tracking, and support needed to continually uphold quality standards.

According to Jahan Azizi, a retired clinical engineer for risk management at the University of Michigan and expert on cleaning medical instruments, studies evaluating the scope of the problems and links between infections and contaminated medical instruments are limited, as published in an article by Modern Healthcare.  A professor at the University of California at Davis School of Medicine and former CEO of the National Quality Forum, Dr. Kenneth Kizer also contributed, stating that finding the source of infection can be hard to pin down, and the cleanliness of instruments is not usually the first place people look.

Modern Healthcare overviews a multitude of reasons for failures in the industry and why more support is needed, including low salaries, limited ongoing training opportunities, lack of clear reprocessing instructions, and the growing complexity of medical instruments and devices.  The FDA has also issued recent guidance urging manufacturers to make devices “easy to clean and disinfect”. 

Seal Shield has taken this into account for years and is happy to answer that call.  From our waterproof keyboards that come in multiple sizes, languages, connection options, and colors, to antimicrobial screen protectors and mobile device options such as the SKY and Clean Sleeve, we are committed to reducing hospital acquired infections and helping those in environmental services and the healthcare industry as a whole better do their job by allowing them to shift focus to what’s most important – the patients and their care, and allow our products to help carry the heavy lifting of infection prevention.

As hospitals are rapidly adopting mobility, Seal Shield offers the Electroclave, which not only disinfects mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets using LED UVC, but integrates a full RFID tracking system and mobile device management portal to provide data tracking, as well as asset protection for these newly acquired devices.  On September 26th and 27th, we will be attending the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) Exchange Conference in Pittsburgh, PA and will have this new revolutionary device on display.  Come visit us at Booth #227 to learn more about how we can help your organization, and visit our website to view our full product line.  Together with those in environmental services and the entire healthcare industry, we can prevent infections while advancing our healthcare technology to be among the best in the world.

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