Website to aid war on superbugs

by emma 25. October 2011 14:59

www.bugstoppers.co.uk

A new website from UK-based infection control specialist Bioquell Healthcare aims to help hospital staff defeat healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs).

Focusing on ‘superbugs’ (drug-resistant germs), www.bugstoppers.co.uk adopts the style of the Crimestoppers campaign to profile the ‘bugs’ as individual villains.

Aimed at healthcare professionals and ancillary staff, the website provides accessible information on lethal pathogens such as C. difficile, MRSA and norovirus.

Each bug profile includes a microscopic image, a cartoon character image, a short description and some key facts, as well as a link to a detailed scientific profile of the pathogen on the Bioquell website.

The website is divided into three sections: ‘Bad bacteria’, ‘Villainous viruses’ and ‘Fearsome fungi’. Its first ‘Bug of the month’ is C. difficile, still a major threat to many hospital patients in the UK.

Less familiar bugs revealed on the website include anthrax and smallpox, as well as new resistant-gene superbugs such as NDM-1.

Bioquell has also produced a set of Bug Trump cards for use in infection control team training, as well as related posters and desktop tools.

James Salkeld, Head of Bioquell, said: “Our new website and supporting Bug Stoppers campaign has been developed with healthcare professionals to provide their colleagues with tools that can help to build a greater appreciation of the risks of HCAIs and improve practices that aid in its prevention.”

Based in Andover, Hampshire, Bioquell specialises in hydrogen peroxide vapour (HPV) bio-decontamination technology for healthcare environments.

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