Is Controlling The Risk Of Illness Important To Your Medical Practice ? Can Ozone Water Help Minimize Infection Risks ?
By Al Liceaga MD.
I have been watching the news and reading publications that focus on the failure of infection control in health care. Patient’s become ill and some have died. This greatly concerns me, how about you? I wear several hats in my healthcare practice. I function as a doctor, administrator, accountant, businessman, marketer, and yes, even “cook and bottle washer”. I know a little bit of everything and do a lot of just about everything.
Here are my greatest concerns: I have been watching the news and reading publications that focus on infection control in health care. The news reports have alerted us about real problems with sanitation and disinfection of our instruments and devices as well as the problems with sanitation our local medical environment. Patient’s become ill and some have died. This greatly concerns me, how about you? I read about infection risks with endoscopy and the facilities inability to adequately clean and disinfect scopes. I read about Hospitals closing due to fungal infection in their sinks. I read about a medication compounding laboratory having fungus in Depomedrol; people died. I read about MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staph Aureus) reaching havoc throughout our nation. I read about CDC Infection Estimates where millions get sick, tens of thousands are hospitalized and thousands die from infections every year. It’s all too much to bear!
Questions: I then I asked myself what would happen if infections began to plague my own practice. How do I feel about the infections hurting my patients ? What does it cost to settle a Lawsuit ? What effect does it have on our Insurance cost ? What is the cost of Adverse Public Opinion ? If the public knows that a practice has an infection history, why would they come to it? How do I eliminate the infection problem? How do I Control the Risk of Illness in my Practice ?
Start at the basics! I chose to minimize the risks of such catastrophes my practice ! Think Illness Prevention at each point of risk. We focused on hands and medical surfaces. I realized that Hygienic Hands are the most important factor in preventing the spread of pathogens and in reducing the incidence of healthcare associated nosocomial infections. We instituted staff observation studies and developed a strict rule of adherence to proper hand wash techniques. We then focused on medical surfaces in the surgical and medical suites. We realized that water alone cannot remove all contaminants, such as oils, fats and microorganisms. Soap and water physically removes particulates, soil and organic material and reduces microbial contamination on surfaces, but it remained incomplete and alone, ineffective.
Solution: We Added Ozonated Water ! Ozone is one of nature’s most powerful antimicrobial agents. The literature has found that Ozone exposure kills most pathogens in seconds. We tested it in our center.
Infection control is now a minimal problem at our medical center.
We found that aqueous O3 can reduce Bioload up to 97%. Clean hands are important in reducing cross contamination and risk of nosocomial infection. Our Medical Surfaces are now clean since we do a regular surface cleaning regimen with soapy O3 water. We found an affordable ozone system at AquosHygiene.com.
Going Forward: We believe that by our adding of ozonated water to a best-performed wash regimen that we have markedly reduced contaminants on hands and most surfaces. We will continue to monitor our methods. We will continue to wash in a hygienic way as much as possible. We will continue to care about the well-being or patients. Will you ?