We strive to share information about the fundamental importance of sanitary practices. That is why previous blog posts have endeavoured to convey the multitudinous benefits of preventing cross contamination. The term HAI has thus been used frequently and an overall picture has been sketched.
Comprehending the finer details of HAI allows us to understand how these infections infiltrate not only hospital settings but different parts of the body. A more detailed understanding of these infections can better inform our healthcare practices and perceptions.
There are 4 major/ common categories of HAI that have a pervasive and negative influence on the healthcare arena. The detailed profiles below, that have been compiled thanks to insights from the CDC, aim to provide vital information about each category.
This prolonged period of usage is where problems around sanitary practices usually arise.
Germs enter the central line and pass through it into the patient’s bloodstream. As a result, the tube must always be inserted correctly and according to precise guidelines. Additionally, the site where the tube is inserted must be monitored and kept in pristine condition.
Signs that an infection has occurred are as follows: red or sore skin where the line has been inserted, as well as fever or chills. Medical tests will reveal if a CLABSI has set-in.
Both patients and healthcare workers alike can implement measures to maximize infection control.
The points below outline a few examples of precautions that can be implemented when a healthcare professional inserts a central line.
It is equally important to note that a central line must be removed as soon as it is no longer required.
Patient awareness is also important. The steps below will assist you in ensuring that optimal practices are followed.
If you are interested, click here to access a study done on instances of CLABSI in South African neonatal intensive care units.
Germs enter the urinary tract, through the catheter and cause an infection. Whilst most infections can be cured with antibiotics or the use of a new catheter, CAUTIs are preventable if precautions are put in place.
Antiseptic and sanitary procedures must be maintained at all times, as this will reduce the possibility of germs contaminating the catheter. So too, the collection system must be monitored and maintained. As a result, there are different strategies that offer guidance to healthcare professionals.
Patients can be equally proactive and help prevent CAUTIs by implementing the following behaviour:
A SSI occurs when a patient goes in for a surgery and the site where the operation was performed becomes infected. This is usually indicated by a fever, pain or redness at the surgery site and if drainage fluid from the site is ‘cloudy’.
Depending on the nature of the surgery, a SSI can negatively affect anything from skin to tissue, implants and internal organs. Whilst SSIs can often be treated with antibiotics, often another surgery is required. This not only puts the patient at further risk but wastes valuable medical resources.
As with the above-mentioned HAIs, various methods can be implemented to reduce the risk of SSIs. The following details outline what healthcare practitioners should do to maintain infection control, specifically when their patients undergo a surgery.
If you are going for a surgery and would like information as to how you can reduce your risk of contracting an SSI, click here.
A VAP is essentially a lung infection that manifests in patients who require a ventilator to breathe. The tube that is connected to their nose, mouth or neck then feeds oxygen to their lungs. An infection occurs when germs enter this tube and gain access to the patient’s lungs.
Patient’s could require a ventilator for a multitude of reasons; the underlying fact is that most of these patients are highly vulnerable. As a result, VAPs pose a serious threat.
If you are interested you can access an informative and in-depth paper about HAI, click here.
According to the WHO “Every day, HAI result in prolonged hospital stays, long-term disability, increased resistance of microorganisms to antimicrobials, massive additional costs for health systems, high costs for patients and their family, and unnecessary deaths”.
That is why, at DrTemp, we will continue our dedication to help prevent cross- contamination and bolster infection control. We hope that the information above is educational and beneficial to your outlook on sanitary practices.
Quality patient care and hygienic practices are at the helm of our mission at Dr Temp. That is why effective infection control is a fundamental aspect of our work. Reducing the risk of infection is currently ingrained in our behaviour as we assist in the attempt to stunt the spread of COVID-19. However, there are a plethora of other infectious agents that wreak havoc in healthcare settings.
HAI are often to blame. Also know as hospital-acquired infections, these infections negatively infect and affect patients. The process would look something like this…
Healthcare environments, that should be sanctuaries for fostering health, thus often unintentionally compromise a patient’s immune system. The source of these pathogens or germs can be found on physical objects or surfaces as well as on people. These pathogens or germs can then be transmitted to vulnerable patients.
Numerous studies have found that regular, reusable thermometers have the potential to harbour and transmit antibiotic resistant bacteria. Antibiotics are one of the main treatments that are utilised to combat infections. Anti-biotic resistant strains thus have the potential to he highly problematic.
Our specialty is the safe distribution and usage of DISPOSABLE thermometers. Let’s look at some infection statistics pertaining to reusable thermometers:
The CDC notes 2 systems of precautions that can be implemented to reduce the risk of contamination and infection, in general.
The first system includes recommendations that range from hand washing to safe injection practices to maintaining a sterile environment and more. These actions are all aimed at reducing the risk and spread of infections. We recommend that you consult the detailed list, ,here.
For how to practise safe ‘transmission-based precautions’, in instances when patients are known or suspected to have an infection click ,here.
The CDC’s guidelines above are highly useful when it comes to reducing the spread of HAI and infections in general. At Dr Temp we are fully dedicated to infection control, but with a niche twist. Our speciality is DISPOSABLE thermometers. These thermometers save lives and save costs by:
· Being designed for infection control
· Posing zero risk of cross-infection between patients
· Reducing costs associated with Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI).
To learn more about the thermometers that we have on offer, click ,here. We look forward to safeguarding your health and being at the forefront of your infection control systems.
It is common knowledge that South Africa’s healthcare infrastructure is overburdened. This means that access to healthcare, for the majority of South Africans, is often compromised. It is unsurprising then, that children are frequently vulnerable and at risk. Below is a brief description of the landscape of medical access in our country.
There are a plethora of adverse influences that have negatively impacted South Africa’s healthcare system, ranging from economic inequality due to apartheid, rapid urbanization and government mismanagement. The complexity of these influences can be gauged from the insightful medical journal Curationis, ,,here.
Consequently, all of these influencing factors have created a climate of inequality and unequal access. ,,The ,,International Journal for Equity in Health,,, notes that ,,“,the burden of the major categories of ill-health and disability is greater among lower than higher socio-economic groups,,”. This is particularly relevant to South Africa. ,,Stats SA relays that our country is one of the most unequal countries in the world, with highly radicalised labour markets and a disproportional amount of affluence and wealth among white people.
It is unsurprising then that “services [are] skewed in favour of the rich for most public facilities, especially hospitals, and across all private sector services.” As a result, black South Africans, namely children, are disparately prevented from accessing their constitutional right to medical services. UNICEF equally acknowledges that “inequitable access to critical health services places children, newborns andadolescents at risk”.
Our company is not only driven by medical expertise - we are equally motivated and guided by our social conscience. We are well acquainted with the socio-economic grievances of numerous patients as well as the fragility of the medial arena. As a result, we strive to bring people scientifically validated and innovative technologies.
Moreover, we are fully dedicated to healthcare pertaining to children. Recently we donated PPE and disinfectants to a number of schools, in an effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. More information about these efforts can be accessed, ,here.
So too, our focus on children also involves products that pertain to them.
We pledge to continue our investment in this worthy venture. We hope that through these efforts we can help safeguard the health of the children of South Africa.
COVID-19 has now been a part of our lingo, lifestyle and livelihoods for a significant amount of time. The successful creation of numerous vaccines can thus be seen as a positive turning point and possible reprieve. However, vaccine creation, production and distribution can be a highly complex process, one that is fraught with financial and infrastructural restrictions. We hope to summaries this highly complex process and help you understand the reality of receiving a vaccine in South Africa.
Let us start with some of various vaccines that are currently being circulated or tested.
You have probably heard of the ones that feature below:
- AstraZeneca and Oxford
Whilst it could be argued that these are a few of the leadingvaccines and potential options, the WHO notes that there are actually around 50 ‘vaccine candidates in trials’ worldwide.
Nonetheless, we will briefly note the key aspects of the vaccines in the list above:
- 2 shots, 21 days apart
- Uses messenger RNA
- Around 95% effective
- Approved for usage (in certain countries)
- Must be stored and transported at minus 70 degrees Celsius
- 2 shots, 28 days apart
- Uses messenger RNA
- Around 94% effective
- Approved for usage (in certain countries)
- Must be stored at minus 20 degrees Celsius
Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna both utilise messenger RNA technology. The Washington Post provides an insightful explanation, in diagram format, of exactly what this entails. So too, they have a list of frequently asked questions that could prove useful, if you are interested. You can access the article, ,here.
- Uses adenovirus-vector technology
- Around 90% effective for a half dose followed by a full dose 1 month apart.
- Around 62% effective as 2 full doses 1 month apart.
- Can be stored at regular fridge temperatures.
- More detailed information can be gleaned, ,,here.
- As of 23 Dec 2020, the vaccine has been submitted for final approval.
Whilst having knowledge about the climate of vaccine creation and the multitude of viable options is important, how is this relevant to you, in South Africa?
EWN (Eyewitness News), recently reported that South Africa has paid ,R327 million in order to cement our placement at the COVAX facility. But what does this actually mean?
COVAX is an initiative spearheaded by the WHO and other stakeholders. Essentially, funds are ‘pooled’ together from a number of countries in order to secure the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines. Once vaccines are available “the COVAX Facility will then equitably distribute these doses to help protect the most at-risk groups in all participating countries”. More detailed information can be accessed, ,here.
Now that we have discussed COVID-19 vaccines and their relevance in South Africa, you may be wondering if you should get one when the opportunity presents. To understand why you should and the importance of vaccines in general, click ,here.
We recommend that you always consult a medical practitioner with any questions or concerns.
Whilst we wait for vaccine rollout, vigilance and sanitary practices are paramount. Reducing the spread of infection should be at the forefront of our collective agendas. At Dr Temp, we are fully dedicated to this venture. As always, we encourage you to preview our range of products (click ,here,) that have been developed to prevent the spread of infections in a myriad of ways.
Thermometry devices are often synonymous with our company as our Traxit and NexTemp thermometers are highly regarded and technologically advanced. Traxit is especially geared towards children and is semi-disposable, whilst NexTemp Ultra is revolutionary in that it is disposable. They are both particularly effective in reducing the risks and costs associated with HAI, something of continual relevance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click ,here, to access more information about these two products.
You probably already know about these products, however, you may not be familiar with our Digital Wall Thermometer and our Fridge/ Freezer Thermometer:
Our Digital Wall Thermometer is digital; making it economical and safe.
Did you know: early thermometers utilized toxic mercury to measure temperature.
There are still mercury thermometers today, however they are a rarity - having been increasingly replaced by alcohol, and digital versions. It is noteworthy that the ,WHO advocates for the replacement of such mercury thermometers due to health and environmental concerns.
Some fascinating facts about mercury can be seen below…
If you are interested, you can learn more about the history of creating the mercury thermometer, ,here. This is where you will engage with figures such as Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheitand Anders Celsius.
Back to our, Dr Temp, thermometers. The Digital Wall Thermometer efficiently shows the current temperature simultaneously with the max-min temperatures, for your convenience. The display is also easy to read, further ensuring accurate usage of the device. The instrument precisely measures temperature over the range -50◦C to +70◦C. The thermometer is ideal for grow rooms, greenhouses, care homes, offices and other buildings as it will precisely monitor the temperature of the facility.
This is noteworthy as numerous facilities rely on precise and accurate temperature readings. Pharmacies, hospitals and clinics require consistent, colder temperatures for certain medications. Mortuaries are another type of facility that would also rely on chilled environments.
So too, the thermometer ensures that energy is conserved, reducing expenses and having a greener impact on energy consumption. Additionally, our products can be used to monitor temperatures in laboratories and safeguard the viability of vaccines and biological samples.
Click ,here to view more of our beneficial medical supplies.
As a medical supplies company,improving people’s health is at the foundation of our value system. We do so by proving you with research-backed technologies and innovative medical equipment (which you can survey, here). So too, we aim to provide you with beneficial information and advice. This post covers four areas where you can bolster your healthy living habits.
It is common knowledge that exercise is healthy for you. Yet, it may not be something you thoroughly enjoy. We want you to think of exercising as an investment in your future. According to neuroscientistWendy Suzuki, exercise can play a vital role in improving your mood as well as areas such as your memory. So too, it can safeguard you from degenerative diseases. Go and watch her fascinating Ted Talk, ,here.
Our recommendations are:
- If you have a gym membership, make use of it
- Alternatives to memberships are downloading exercise apps and finding tutorials on Instagram channels or YouTube
- Going for walks is an easy way to ease yourself into active living
- Try to participate in social or competitive sports if you find ‘exercises’ or gym workouts monotonous
Remember- to fully reap the benefits of exercise, it needs to be a regular undertaking. Suzuki notes that “The rule of thumb is you want to get three to four times a week exercise: minimum 30 minutes an exercise session, and you want to get aerobic exercise in.”
In the year 2020, mental health is a more accessible topic. Whilst some people view mental health as a taboo, we are here to speak candidly about it. A definition by the WHO suggests that “mental health is a state of well-being in which an individual realizes [their] own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a
If we begin to react in a maladaptive way to the demands of life, our mental strength may deteriorate.
There are many options available to ensure this does not happen, such as:
- Seeing a phycologist
- Prayer or meditation
- Having allocated stress free periods
- Indulging in self care (journaling, enjoying a hobby etc.)
Dieting and weight loss are often ideals that are perpetuated on social media. We heed you to be cautious and not fall victim to damaging regimes or inaccurate meal plans. The WHO lists a comprehensive guide on healthy eating, that you can access and review carefully, ,here.
A few others recommendations are:
- Consulting a nutritionist if necessary
- Reduce your intake of alcohol and use of cigarettes (as well as other related products)
- Reduce your consumption of sugar
- Reduce your intake of salt
- Take vitamins and supplements
In an age of COVID-19 and social distancing it is normal to feel increasingly isolated. As a result, we encourage you to reach out and interact with people. This could be via digital platforms or making physical plans to see people. We offer an extensive range of equipment, view ,here, that enables you to engage with others safely.
We urge you to connect and include other people in your healthy lifestyle changes. Doing activities with others and motivating one another can make an extraordinary difference.
At Dr Temp, we hope that you will make a few of these beneficial changes where possible. If you feel demoralised along the way, consult this Ted Talk by David Asch on the parts of human nature that make “it so hard to make healthy decisions”, ,here.
Being aware of the medical technology and innovations that you have at your disposal, can have a tremendous impact on your health. The medical supplies below pertain to female health and postnatal procedures. They ensure that patients are handled with care and are nurtured from their first breath to uncomfortable, medical evaluations later on in life.
What Dr Temp product, in these fields, we are describing? Use the 5 clues below...
This innovation is highly beneficial to gynaecologists and is part of our priority to bring you safe and scientifically validated technologies. The tool is: Dr Temp’s Vaginal Speculum.
For some people, going to the gynaecologist can be a stressful or awkward experience. Whatever your feeling, we aim to ensure that this process is as accurate and as efficient as possible. As a result, your check-up can be vastly improved by the use of our product.
Cancer screening is particularly important and early detection can make a phenomenal difference to the success of later treatments. So too, accurate detection is paramount, which is why the LED light in our product makes the detection of lesions and abnormalities more precise than naked-eye examinations. It is also noteworthy that our product is compliant with gynaecological equipment guidelines and requirements.
These check-ups are thus a fundamental aspect of maintaining female health. It is often recommended that you go for an annual check-up, yet this is viewed as excessive by Harvard Health. Instead, it is that recommended that you go for a check-up before age 21, irrespective of your sexual activity. From your first appointment onwards you should follow the instructions of your gynaecologist, regarding any follow-up appointments and treatments. Each individual is different, so listen your gynaecologist, their advice is based off of your current level of health.
The reasons listed below, curtesy of Medical News Today, cover a myriad of reasons why you could require a check-up. Some of these include:
These reasons only cover issues that frequently arise. There are however, a number of other reasons to go see the gynaecologist, especially if you start experiencing any abnormalities, pain or discomfort.
Female health is not the only avenue that we are fully dedicated to improving. We are also dedicated to postnatal health and equipment, for those interested in having children. Again, you have 5 clues to figure the product out…
For parents, their baby’s health is paramount, especially right after birth. That is why our product, the O Clamp Umbilical Cord Clamp, is highly advantageous. It cuts the baby’s umbilical cord, in a safe and sterile way.
Interestingly, an increasing amount of evidence is emerging promoting the slight delay of umbilical cord cutting. An article by Gatewood from CNN notes that later clamping does not put either the mother or child at risk. Instead, delayed clamping could provide preterm infants with heightened support and a range of various other benefits, such as improved heart circulation.
Whether on not you elect to have this cutting process delayed, the cut itself should be administered by an effective and precise product, such as our O Clamp. For more information, namely on how to use this product, click ,here.
Moreover, maternal and infant mortality is a problematic area of healthcare, especially in regions with a lower socio-economic status. As a result, countries in Africa are particularly at risk. The World Health Organization outlines these issues in a comprehensive fact sheet that you can access, here. Most of the causes of maternal and infant mortality can be prevented, suggesting that these problems and deaths should not be occurring. We believe that access to quality resources and medical knowledge can save lives, which is why Dr Temp is dedicated to these areas of healthcare.
For all your other medical other equipment needs, go to our products page, here. We offer tutorial videos on how to use our products to further ensure your safety and provide you with additional, valuable insights.
The bigger picture:
Now that you are aware of the scale of Breast Cancer and its malignant pertinence, we can dive into the details:
The prevalence of various cancers appears to be increasing and breast cancer is at the forefront for many women. Interestingly, it can also affect men (although the number of women affected is much higher). The cause of any cancer is often difficult to pinpoint, yet there are propagating factors when it comes to breast cancer. The factors listed below are outside individual control, and increase your risk of getting breast cancer.
The experience of having breast cancer is not universally applicable and is highly dependent upon each individual’s journey. So too, the symptoms that manifest can depend on each person. Those listed below are symptoms to be aware of and monitor, should they arise.
These are key symptoms that the CDC notes, yet it is also recommended that you are familiar with the whole scope of potential indicators. More detailed information can be accessed on the CANSA website, ,here- (you can even download informative PDF documents).
The potential risks of cancer can often feel terrifying and outside one’s control. Whilst this is true, there are a few factors that you can control or influence, in order to reduce your risk.
These factors can be considered ‘lifestyle’ changes or influences. Yet, you can also be proactivein your cancer awareness and possible prevention.
The actions listed below are steps that CANSA SA suggests that you can take, in order to ensure you are healthy and lower your risk.
The treatment of any cancer can be a tumultuous experience. The effectiveness of each treatment is also dependent on the stage of the cancer. The following are possible options when it comes to breast cancer.
How can you help others?
- Cancer treatments can be exorbitant. Donating money towards someone’s treatment could be life-changing. So too, research for breast cancer can always benefit from donations in order to promote breakthroughs and improved science.
- If monetary support is not possible, you can always add value by spreading awareness. Reading this post is a great start. More information can also be accessed, here.
As always, we hope that you remain healthy and benefit from the power of this knowledge.
At Dr Temp we love to add extra value wherever we can: We truly believe that knowledge makes a phenomenal difference, which is why we are invested in training people to use our equipment effectively. In addition, we remain committed to numerous community outreach training programmes.
This post is inspired by our continual dedication to such knowledge and learning. We hope you find it both entertaining and practical.
Your prescription consists of:
- Historical medical facts
- Interesting information about modern medical myths
- Fascinating medical solutions from Dr Temp
1. Did you know that laughing gas spawned the first anaesthetic?
Laughing gas was often used as a source of entertainment. People under the influence of nitrous oxide were showcased on theatrical stages for popular amusement. It was later replaced with ether and administered to patients, successfully putting them to sleep, dulling any sensation of pain. The process of creating this anaesthetic was controversial, with Wells, Morton and Jackson each laying claim to the procedure. (Cue back-stabbing and the theft of intellectual property). (1)
2. Have you ever heard of blood-letting?
This was the process whereby patients would have leeches intentionally latched onto their skin. For thousands of years, people thought that numerous illnesses were caused by having an excess of blood in their body. Leeches thus became the solution to getting rid of any “bad blood”. (NB: do not try this at home). (1)
Medical science has advanced but many 'wives tales' persist…
The information provided below is beneficial to know in mild emergency situations. It does not however replace seeking actual medical assistance from professionals.
1. Should you put butter on a burn?
You may have encountered or heard of this ‘home remedy’ before, but it is definitely not recommended. It may actually damage the skin further as the butter can potentially trap heat and continuing the burning process.
Instead, it is widely recommended that you run the burn under a cold tap for a prolonged period (about 20min). Pressing ice to the skin is also risky as the extreme change in temperature and physical contact could cause further damage. Stick to the tap and a topical burn relief salve. If the burn is serious - consult a doctor. (2)
2. Should you try to suck snake venom out of a bite?
In South Africa we have an array of venomous snakes. Sucking out the venom is another myth that is widely circulated. This is not good idea! Your best option is to get medical assistance as quickly as possible. You should also keep your heart rate as low as possible to slow the circulation of venom in your blood-stream. Placing the bite mark below your heart should assist this process. If medical treatment is a long distance away, it is recommended that you apply a tourniquet above the bite. (3)
Thankfully many medical myths have given way to science and progress. At Dr Temp, we pride ourselves on evidence-based technologies and innovative equipment.
1. When was the last time you cleaned your stethoscope?
Stethoscopes are one of the most frequently used items of medical equipment. That means their contact between patients is extremely high. But, an alarmingly low 10 - 20% of medical personnel actually clean their stethoscopes. This poses potential health risks associated with cross-contamination. Our wearable stethoscope disinfection, StetClean, solves this pertinent problem. StetClean is both portable and ecological, providing a sustainable solution to this often overlooked practice. To find out more about this technology, click here.
2. Is the disinfectant you rely on, actually safe to use?
In a time of COVID-19, it may feel as if everything is lathered in hand-sanitizer or disinfectant. Whilst this is an important step in ensuring we are protected from any viruses, our sensitivity towards chemicals should not be overlooked. Our Oxyfect™ range of disinfectant water tablets are the solution! They kill all traces of superbugs, eradicate bio-slime and algae and leave zero chemical residue behind. This means that people and animals alike are at no risk of being harmed.
To read more, ,click here. Interestingly, the tablets turn the water green to indicate that the disinfectant is active.
We hope that you have been enriched by this extra medical knowledge. We encourage you to use our equipment and services in order to stay healthy, stay safe and stay informed.
(1) This fascinating knowledge was gleaned from this book:
Jennings, G. (2000). Sick as: bloody moments in the history of medicine. Penguin Books, Australia.
(2) Hammond, C. (2013). Should you put butter on a burn? Medical Myths: Human Body. Accessed from: ,https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20130820-should-you-put-butter-on-a-burn
(3) Anahad. (2004). The Claim: You Can Treat a Snakebite by Sucking Out the Venom. Accessed from:https://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/12/health/the-claim-you-can-treat-a-snakebite-by-sucking-out-the-venom.html.
Helping people is at the core of our value system and our medical supplies are just one of the avenues that make this possible. That is why we are enthralled to announce our new Partnership Program.
Meaningful relationships and the exchange of vital skills are key aspects of our future business plan. We hope that collaboration will fuel our growth and effectiveness as a company. By drawing on the skills of others, outside our own scope, we can foster mutually constructive business networks and ecosystems.
We are looking to integrate our revolutionary disposable thermometers in government hospitals and various other public facilities. Supplies sold in your community will then earn a commission on every purchase order.
Click here to access more information about these transformative thermometers.
Examine our Partner Program Checklist below to see if you qualify.
The chance to fortify the public health sector with quality equipment is a large motivating factor, yet there are numerous other benefits:
This is a fantastic employment opportunity for those with experience in the medical arena as a commission (products sold under the tender) or mark-up (sales to private institutions) can be earned. This creates a positive cycle between product sales and remuneration.
The process of selling our products is equally enriched by access to training programs. These programs equip partners with the relevant knowledge about our Dr Temp products.
Next, sales support is also available. Partners will have access to a sales administrator that is dedicated to finding solution-rich content in response to any queries. We are dedicated to ensuring this collaboration successful, also aiding partners with marketing collateral and campaigns.
Finally, to ensure that all parties are contented, we provide after-sales support. This targets any customer questions or issues that could potentially arise. We look forward to partnering with you and integrating you into our medical ecosystem.
Effective partnerships cultivate success. Together we can transform the medical supplies arena- one thermometer at a time. You can SIGN-UP by following this link to our partner program page.