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Are Hospitals Making You Sicker?

Are Hospitals Making You Sicker?

Are Hospitals Making You Sicker? Whether you call it a healthcare-acquired infection, a hospital-acquired infection, or a hospital-acquired disease it all implies the same thing. That when you go to the hospital for treatment, you run the risk of picking up an utterly non-related infection or illness, on top of whatever illness for which you are being treated. This is a major unspoken epidemic plaguing our healthcare industry, responsible for the deaths of 99,000 people every year. What are hospital-acquired infections (HAI)? Can they be prevented? Does going to the hospital make you sicker? We have the answers to these

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Ginny’s Story

Ginny's Story

Ginny’s Story The healthcare industry has long struggled to ensure care coordination for its patients. Not only is it important that all providers follow a universal protocol when providing care, but the facility must also follow set practices for sterilization and cleanliness and germ eradication. At present, there are only mere guidelines. Furthermore, maintaining the guidelines is strictly left up to the discretion of the facility or the particular healthcare system. Therefore, cleanliness can dramatically vary from site to site.  Care coordination must start with engineering healthy facilities. It is paramount for any urgent care, long-term care, hospitals, surgical centers,

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The Danger of Hot Bunking in Hospitals

The Danger of Hot Bunking in Hospitals

The Danger of Hot Bunking in Hospitals   Hospital Acquired Diseases (HAD’s) are an international epidemic. They seem to flourish seemingly unchecked by the healthcare industry. One such method hospitals employ that encourages the spread of diseases is the standard practice of “hot bunking.” Hot bunking in hospitals translates to the kiss of death for patients and continues to be a primary source for the spread of germs. The mission of the I-Ford Institute is disease prevention engineering and implementing strategies to create healthy hospitals. We aim to end the practice of hot bunking and change the method of hospitals

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The Philosophy of the Solution

The Philosophy of the Solution

The Philosophy of the Solution Hospital Acquired Diseases are an international epidemic, raging seemingly unchecked by the healthcare industry. In the United States alone at least 5000 patients contract HAD’s every day. And, of these infected, approximately 700 will die. The CDC reports that on any given day, 1 in 25 hospital patients has at least one HAD. While there have been strides to combat this, the problem continues to grow, and many are calling it a modern-day plague. What are the reasons behind the epidemic? What is the philosophy of the solution? Looking In the Wrong Place The number

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Better Disinfection Efforts 250 Years Ago

Better Disinfection Efforts 250 Years Ago

Better Disinfection Efforts 250 Years Ago Taking a look at Healthcare History gives us insight into disease prevention engineering, and healthy hospital design. And, as with all historical study, it helps us not to repeat mistakes of the past, and learn how to refine the future. Would you believe that most modern hospitals’ sanitation methods pale in comparison to the efforts of the British Navy of yore? Seems like a stretch, however, they were relentless in their efforts to maintain the health of their crews. They understood that even a lesser ship could defeat a larger one in battle if

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Shiny New Toys

Shiny New Toys

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

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The Healthcare System is Failing It’s Patients

The Healthcare System is Failing It's Patients

The Healthcare System is Failing It’s Patients Today’s modern healthcare system is failing it’s patients. According to the CDC, on any given day around the world, at least 1 in 25 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection. Meaning, on a daily basis, already sick patients, being cared for in a hospital, are contracting additional infections from the very hospital in which they are being treated. And, what’s worse, these, hospital-acquired diseases (HADs) are 100 percent preventable. This fact is completely unacceptable. We need to demand that hospitals take better care of us. In response, the I-Ford Institute has

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2017 PDH Day with the GSPE-GA at Georgia Tech

2017 PDH Day with the GSPE-GA at Georgia Tech

Engineering Healthy Hospitals Presentation to be given on December 1st, 2017 at 10 AM at PDH Day, Georgia Tech I-Ford Institute has been invited to give a presentation titled “Engineering Healthy Hospitals” at this year’s PDH Day which is hosted by the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers (GSPE-GA). The event will be held on December 1st, 2017 at the Georgia Tech Student Center located at 350 Ferst Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30332.  The event will occur from 8:00 AM to 5:10 PM. Other topics will include; Analyzing Gaps Between Engineering Education and Practice Cellular Concrete Drones Electric Vehicles Engineering Ethics Fiber Optic Communications

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2017 2nd International Caparica Conference in Antibiotic Resistance – Lisbon, Portugal

2017 2nd International Caparica Conference in Antibiotic Resistance - Lisbon, Portugal

2nd International Caparica Conference in Antibiotic Resistance Caparica, Portugal | June 12th – 15th, 2017 Recently, IFORD sponsored the International Caparica Conference in Antibiotic Resistance. The was located in Caparica, Portugal and was held on June 12th – 15th, 2017. We are pleased to announce that the Conference went very well. It was attended by two hundred scientists from thirty seven different nations. The I-Ford presentation was well received as the attendees were brought up to date on the growing threat of the super bacteria that are currently present in today’s healthcare facilities. Many followed up with our presenter, Christopher

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2017 National Society of Professional Engineers Conference – Atlanta, GA

2017 National Society of Professional Engineers Conference - Atlanta, GA

IFORD to Present IFORD is pleased to present at this years Professional Engineers Conference. The event will be held in Atlanta, GA at the Marriott Marquis on July 19th til 23rd, 2017 We invite all of our colleagues and peers to attend this exciting annual event. There will be opportunity to network, learn and recharge. The conference is a good opportunity to continue your education and industry knowledge.

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I-FORD’s mission is to shine a light on a solvable problem in the healthcare acquired disease. Deaths that occur because of the spread of diseases is the third largest cause of death in the US. These problems represent an industry failure.

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