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Shiny New Toys

Since we were children many of us have submitted to “Shiny New Toy” syndrome. It is human nature to be fascinated by the newest technology, and toss aside other methods as outdated or obsolete. This is especially true in the healthcare industry. Every year new technology is released that seems to make tasks more efficient and accurate. However, the medical industry is forgetting their most important tenant.

“Primum non nocere” is a Latin phrase and the basis for the precepts of bioethics taught to all healthcare students. It is the fundamental principle defined at “First, Do No Harm,” and is the basis for the healthcare industry around the world. All medical professionals vow to look after the very best interest of their patients. However, we can argue this is violated daily by the unsanitary conditions that exist in hospitals today. The IFord Institute considers that if correctly interpreted, it would say that the number one goal of health professionals in the is making sure their patients do not contract Healthcare Acquired Diseases (HAD’s) and die.

Did you now that HAD’s are the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States? So, why, has the medical industry been quick to jump to buy up the latest technology (a.k.a. “Shiny New Toys”) when these instruments do absolutely nothing to solve the HAD issue? Solutions to the HAD epidemic are not simple. They take time and work. But, consequently, there are millions of patients and staff at risk of contracting HAD’s.

What’s more, in the coming years, if left unchecked, this epidemic will only continue to blossom. Here’s why. Consider that our life expectancies have an added 23 years added due to the discovery of antibiotics. These drugs were deemed the most significant medical breakthrough in modern history. However, with the rise of super germs, and antibiotic-resistant pathogens, there may be a time where these drugs have zero effect.

So, now is the time to steer away from treating the symptoms to prevent the pathogens. IFord has a comprehensive approach that creates safe hospital environments. Through engineering, design, maintenance, and control of processes we have developed real solutions.

Why is so little being done to protect patients and staff? Why doesn’t healthcare clean up its act? Because, they are in the dark. They know medicine, and they see the positive effects it has on diseases. Now is the time for us to work together. IFord has the answers that could save us all from hazardous hospital environments.

Remember the healthcare industry’s number one duty, above all, is to protect patients, to “First, Do No Harm.” IFord’s mission is to educate professionals in the medical and healthcare industries to end the deadly HAD epidemic. Contact us today to learn how we can help you.