How you maintain high standarts of hygiene
...is detailed by Nurse Melanie Schubrink.
T he small girl lying on the mattblue therapy table is giggling again. She has just been crying. Melanie Schubrink, the friendly nurse, was able to gently comfort the fouryear- old and is now distracting her with finger games. The toddler has scalded her leg. Now she is receiving expert treatment in the hospital out-patient department. The young woman in the blue uniform is pressing the rest of the white ointment out of the rolled-up aluminium tube onto the affected area of skin. Precisely. Now she is opening a flat aluminium pouch using the tear notch. The dressing slides straight out of the silvery pack onto the wound. Free from germs. „You’re brave,“ she says praising the blonde girl with the glitzy hair slide. (Photo: fotolia/ VILevi)
Aluminium foil’s purity caters for hygiene and health
In the staff lounge, the dedicated nurse, who is currently implementing an innovative project in the large hospital, explains how important it is to rigorously observe each and every hygiene measure. „Hands are breeding grounds for germs and hospital germs are very aggressive,“ she explains. „The highest possible degree of cleanliness is unbelievably important for the health of our patients. The intelligent use of extremely hygienic materials like aluminium is a great help.“
„The manufacturer sterilises burn ointment, for example, by heating the tube several times“, she says. She goes on to explain that aluminium’s excellent barrier function means there are no undesirable external influences and it prevents important constituents of the formulation from escaping. Pharmaceutical products are guaranteed to stay as clean and effective as the day they were filled. „It’s also great that nothing gets sucked back into the tube after squeezing it,“ she enthuses confidently. „This prevents any undesirable ingression of oxygen or micro-organisms.“
On the table, her colleague is preparing medication. With a concentrated look on her face, she picks up the tiny tablets one by one with tweezers from a small rigid aluminium tube. Then she lets them fall into the compartments of a tablet dispenser. Tablet for tablet.
„In the interests of hygiene we avoid touching the medication with our hands wherever possible,“ the nurse explains. „Sometimes this seems inconvenient. We’re grateful here for clever inventions,“ she says and with a wink hands her colleague a blister pack from the medicine cupboard on the wall. „Simply press the tablets straight from the pack into a tablet dispenser. That’s clean and easy,“ laughs the dynamic 26-year-old, and as she does her auburn ponytail bobs up and down.
Over coffee she talks about her idea. How she was soundly shot down by the management of the clinic at first. How she found unexpected allies who prepared a cost-benefit analysis for her. Red-cheeked, she tells of her exciting presentation which finally persuaded the management that her plan was viable.