INFECTION CONTROL IN ATHLETICS
The spread of infection in athletics is a very serious issue with dire consequences for athletes and trainers alike. Staph infections (MRSA) have plagued the NFL and college football for more than a decade, spreading through locker rooms and in several cases ending the careers of those infected. While these high profile cases get the attention, this potentially grave issue exists at all levels of all sports, endangering younger athletes throughout the United States.
Lawrence Tynes says MRSA infection ended NFL career- ESPN April 7, 2015
As cited in many reports, the primary defense against the spread of staph among athletes and trainers is diligent hand hygiene.
Hygienic Practices. MRSA outbreaks have clearly occurred in settings where athletes did not have access to, or did not use soap for hand washing or showering. To prevent spread of MRSA or other infections, all members of the school community should routinely be diligent with hand hygiene. To this end, ensure availability of adequate soap, warm water and towels. If facilities for hand washing are not available, provide alcohol-based waterless hand sanitizers with careful supervision to ensure appropriate and safe use. …or to use an alcohol-based waterless hand sanitizer immediately after contact. Hand hygiene also should be performed after using multi-use equipment (e.g., weight equipment).
To help prevent the spread of MRSA infections among athletes:
Use soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer. Clean your hands before and after playing sports, using shared weight training equipment, and changing a bandage on a wound.
THE ORBEL IN SPORTS
Given the limited access, logistical challenges and fast paced nature of athletics, maintaining proper hand hygiene without significant disruption to workflow presents a significant challenge for trainers and athletes.
The wearable Orbel hand sanitizer applicator facilitates constant, intuitive access to hand sanitizer in the athletic environment. This inexpensive yet critical layer of protection is now available for professional and amateur trainers, coaches and athletes throughout the United States and Canada. As such, the product is being adopted by teams from the high school to the professional level.
The Orbel™ by HandyTizer is a breakthrough innovation for the healthcare industry and corporate enterprise. The Orbel™ is a disposable personal applicator for alcohol based sanitizer which simply clips onto the user’s hip, whether a belt loop, lab coat or other garment. The convenient and intuitive positioning of the device will lead to significantly higher hand hygiene rates which in turn will reduce the spread of dangerous and often deadly bacteria.
In the United States alone, hospital acquired infections (HAI) result in over 100,000 deaths a year at an estimated annual cost of $30 billion. The primary conduit for the transmission of HAIs is through unclean hands. This issue is documented and well understood within the medical industry. Nevertheless, hand sanitization compliance rates at hospitals are widely estimated at less than 50%. The primary drivers behind this lack of hand hygiene compliance in the hospital environment are inconvenience, time constraints and forgetfulness. The Orbel™ overcomes these obstacles. It is a cost effective and scalable solution which directly addresses all of these challenges and more.
With so many lives at stake and the associated cost in the tens of billions annually, the hospital industry has gone go to great lengths to increase hand hygiene compliance. Current efforts include:
- Sensors attached to staff members to monitor usage of sanitizer dispensers
- Closed circuit cameras used to monitor compliance abroad
- “Red card” penalties assessed to workers that do not clean their hands
- Burdening patients with hand hygiene enforcement of practitioners
These pilot programs have met with little success. In addition to being intrusive, these enforcement style solutions are not favored by the industry. Due to high costs and lengthy complicated implementations, they are not scalable. On the other hand, Orbel™ by HandyTizer gets to the heart of the matter by doing the obvious — it brings the sanitizer to the user rather than the user to the sanitizer. By implementing this simple solution, hospitals will achieve significantly higher hand hygiene rates, saving thousands lives and billions of dollars in the process.