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Student invents 'handy' infection control device


A design student from Brighton has invented a portable hygiene dispenser that she hopes to market as an infection control product.

Maddy Conaghan, a University of Brighton product design graduate, has developed “Flo”, a portable hand sanitation device worn round the wrists.

When the nurse or doctor has finished with one patient, he or she rubs the devices and sanitising liquid is automatically dispensed onto the palms and forearms, meaning clinicians can continue their rounds without interruption.

The product caught the eye of design experts who selected it for the recent Product Design Centre exhibition in London.

Ms Conaghan has also received endorsements from nursing staff who helped her with her research.

Peter Atkinson, community nurse from Brighton, said: “It’s vital that we protect our patients from infection and Maddy’s device looks like it could be a real winner as it’s so straight forward and convenient.”

Ms Conaghan, 22, said she hoped to develop Flo into a commercial venture.

She said: “Design that can really help people is what I am passionate about and Flo could help clinical staff keep infection rates down without interrupting patient contact.”

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Readers' comments (8)

  • Amazing but hope the device sanitises itself

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  • Am I the only one to see the glaring pitfalls with this idea???
    Surely these are harbingers for bacteria and dirt and they resemble items of jewelry as well which can catch on patients skin and cause harm.

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  • Hopefully you are adopting the global strategy for hand hygiene - the Geneva Model and that there is a bottle of hand cleanser attached to every bed.

    The Lancet Infectious Diseases, Early Online Publication, 23 August 2013

    doi:10.1016/S1473-3099(13)70163-4Cite or Link Using DOI

    Copyright © 2013 World Health Organization Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

    Global implementation of WHO's multimodal strategy for improvement of hand hygiene: a quasi-experimental study

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  • link to the article mentioned above

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  • Surely a small container of Alcohol hand rub attached to clothing is more flexible with out compromising bare below the elbow

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  • we each had one in our pockets and one on the drugs trolley and notes trolley for the doctors round. now the recommendation is to have a container attached to each patients' bed which is far more sensible and staff will use it when going to the patients and again when leaving.

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  • The reason for removing them from beds initially was that some patients were drinking the liquid in order to absorb some alcohol.... Also in children there is a poisoning risk if the wee blighters imbibe the contents.

    But these bracelets are a dumb idea....

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  • Peter Atkinson, community nurse ought to hide in shame for applauding this naff idea...

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