Publications

Publications

The UMCG extends the collaboration with RePoint.

The UMCG, one of the largest hospitals in the Netherlands, extends the collaboration with RePoint. Within this unique collaboration, a track and trace solution for medical devices has been developed with Curetrack by Repoint. With CureTrack, the UMCG optimizes the logistics around the beds and the infusion pumps and delivers 100% compliance with technical and cleaning management. It reduces search times so that the healthcare professional has more time for the patient.

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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria is advancing

Due to unbridled use of antibiotics worldwide, more and more bacteria are insensitive to medicines. The United Nations calls it a life-threatening problem and warns that by 2050 the number of deaths worldwide due to these bacteria can rise to ten million a year. Too often antibiotics are used according to the UN, while it is actually not necessary. As a result, bacteria are becoming increasingly insensitive to it and simple infections can lead to serious life-threatening situations.

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First step in the Netherlands against super bacteria

The Netherlands is investing 4.5 million euros in a new fund for the fight against bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. The first contribution is meant to convince other countries to also put money into the fund. The Netherlands is trying to take the lead in the fight against resistant ‘super bacteria’. They make hundreds of thousands of victims every year, says Minister Bruno Bruins (Medical Care), who this week receives around forty countries to jointly reduce resistance.

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Vegro, an expert in medical devices, contributes to healthcare innovation

“By deploying care tools more efficiently, we can save millions of euros and relieve thousands of care workers,” says Karel Jonker, director of Vegro. Vegro, a national player in the field of medical aids, invests in care logistics and wants to make a positive contribution to future-proof care in the Netherlands. The Netherlands is aging, there is a shortage of carers and nurses and the absenteeism rate rose from 4.

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Impact of the MDR on maintenance of medical equipment

Prepare now for the arrival of the Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) in May 2020. Because the MDR, the new European law for medical devices, is legislation that will be enforced. This was apparent from the meeting organized by Olympus on 24 January in Leiderdorp. New legislation Under the guidance of Juul Dings, Marketing Manager at Olympus, around 70 attendees (mainly medical technicians, clinical physicists, buyers and department managers) were able to hear the impact of the MDR on maintenance of medical equipment.

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Using equipment is more important than owning

It is not a reproach, but a lot of unnecessary runs are made. Healthcare institutions are there to provide care and need tools for this. But actually owning a resource fleet is not a core business. In fact: efficient deployment often only gets in the way. That is why Vegro offers a lease construction. Relieving and saving are the keywords. “Yes, and I would dare to say: save considerably,” says Frank Huiting, account manager for the Northeast region at Vegro.

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From service barriers to a culture of convenience.

Nurses and staff were searching for equipment, walking all over the hospital wasting time, and causing confusion because nobody knew where all of the infusion pumps and beds were located. This should be different thought Martijn de Vries, coordinator of Clinical Engineering for the hospital. Traditionally, nursing departments were managing their own devices. If they ran short on a piece of equipment they had to make numerous phone calls to track down equipment which then had to be brought to them.

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Patient safety, a matter of proper cleaning and disinfection

Dr. Merel Langelaar has been working since 2012 as a coordinating specialist senior inspector at the Health Care Inspectorate (IGZ), specializing in infectious diseases, infection prevention and antibiotic resistance. In healthcare, compared to most other industries, more vulnerable groups are highly susceptible to all kinds of infections, so proper cleaning and disinfection is of great importance in this industry. During the Hygiene Forum 2017, she spoke about patient safety with regard to proper cleaning and disinfection from the role of the Health Care Inspectorate.

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