Minimize infection risks from thyroid shields

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The CDC estimates that nearly one million people die each year due to hospital acquired infections.1 A key contributor to these infections is the ability of bacteria to survive for long periods of time on common medical surfaces and fabrics.2

As a fabric-covered product, thyroid shields can provide a breeding ground for a variety of dangerous bacteria, including multi-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE). “Given the collar bone area is particularly susceptible to skin-born infections, due diligence and extra precautions must be taken,” said Rob Brown, AliMed Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Thyroid shields, which are often shared among radiology staff, must undergo stringent infection control protocols to prevent cross contamination and the spread of disease.

Thyroid Shields are Designed for Protection

AliMed Thyroid Shields are specially designed to meet strict hygiene standards. The Ultralight Disposable Thyroid Shield is the only single-use, disposable thyroid collar available in the US. In addition, the Ultralight Washable Thyroid Shield is tough enough to take rigorous disinfection processes. This new, washable thyroid shield can withstand up to 170 machine washes in temperatures over 140 degrees and replaces the conventional sanitization protocol of wiping down thyroid collars with a chemical disinfectant, a method that is time consuming and not nearly as effective as immersion in a sterilizing hot water wash.

A recent Lead Apron Contamination Study of dental clinics, found standard cleaning procedures to be insufficient. The study examined bacterial contamination of thyroid collars after they had been wiped down with a chemical disinfectant. Twenty-six strains of bacteria were found on the thyroid collars, indicating a risk of cross-contamination and transmission of harmful bacteria.

References

  1. Klevens R, Edwards J. Estimating health care-associated infections and deaths in U.S. hospitals, 2002. CDC Public Health Reports. 2007 Mar–Apr;(122):160–166
  2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC86187/  Abstract: Survival of Enterococci and Staphylococci on Hospital Fabrics and Plastic.

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