National statistics showed progress from 2015 to 2019 in the reduction of common hospital-associated infections (HAIs) at U.S. health facilities. Unfortunately, the start of the pandemic in the U.S. in 2020 reversed this trend. Recently, there has been a significant increase in some HAIs, especially those related to the use of medical devices.
Since its start at the end of 2019, the COVID-19 pandemic has dominated global public health news. As the COVID-19 cases surge and wane with each variant, it’s easy to forget that there are other viruses lurking in the environment. Seasonal viruses, such as the common cold virus, rhinovirus, influenza (flu), respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and norovirus share symptoms with COVID-19. As Dr. Abdul El-Sayed stated in this interview, the only way to be sure if a sick person has COVID-19—rather than the flu, for example—is with a test.
In our reasonably comfortable western world where personal rights have long been established and cherished, we don’t generally tend to think about the extent of human rights abuses in other parts of the globe. And yet, it does occur and its effects are even present in our healthcare supply chain space, especially with respect to medical exam glove manufacturing.
Every tool is made for a purpose and works at its best when used as intended. The same holds true for disposable gloves. They are not all created equal, so it’s important to choose the right glove to use under the right circumstances. Using the wrong glove could be a safety hazard, interrupt workflow and waste money, time and resources.
The ongoing role that Dental Hygienists play in the dentistry industry presents an opportunity to highlight the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concerning infection prevention in general, and personal protective equipment (PPE) for dental healthcare providers.
For people trying to do all they can to protect themselves from the COVID-19 virus, along with other infectious agents, there may be some confusion about when or if they should wear disposable gloves in non-medical settings. At the start of the pandemic some people thought that wearing disposable gloves in public could provide additional protection and help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.