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Redesigning for health

July 24, 2012
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LONDON — A study out of Huddersfield University has revealed that 55 percent of nurses'' bags are never cleaned and only six percent are cleaned once a week, according to Medical News Today.

The study, conducted by Dr. David Swann, also revealed that a startling one third of all medical bags carry methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), the article stated.

According to the article, this discovery has prompted Swann to redesign the medical bag, which could have a global impact.

"The design of the traditional nursing bag used by mobile clinicians throughout the world is outdated and unsafe. It is an unfortunate case of 21st century professionals using 19th century kit," said Swann.

"The aim of my design is to reinvent community healthcare and deliver a world-class patient experience in non-hospital settings," Swann added.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over one billion people receive medical care outside hospital settings around the world.

The risk of patients contracting MRSA in the hospital is one in 10 people, according to the World Patient Safety Alliance, yet the risk outside the hospital can increase to one in four due to the rise in contamination of medical devices that healthcare workers use and therefore help spreading the disease, the article noted.

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