BD Diagnostics, a segment of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), has launched Protect Infection Surveillance and Data Management System, a portfolio of healthcare management software solutions that tracks infections and helps prevent their transmission at three levels from patient to patient, between patients and healthcare workers, and from community sources to healthcare settings.
The BD Protect system, designed by CDC-trained epidemiologists, addresses multiple issues confronting healthcare administrators and public health officers, including the transmission of multidrug-resistant organisms in healthcare settings and escalating costs related to Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs).
The portfolio includes three modules like BD Protect Infection Prevention targets reduction of HAIs in patients. BD Protect Healthcare Worker Safety monitors employee vaccinations, testing, in-service education, injuries and illnesses to protect both employees and patients.
BD Protect Syndromic Surveillance continuously analyses emergency department patient data for reportable diseases and symptoms that could signal a possible community outbreak. It also can be used at a Health Department to collect and analyze community-wide data from multiple hospitals.
With assistance from the complete BD Protect portfolio, infection preventionists can identify, control and help prevent infections in patients, employees and the community. The software also analyses length of stay, isolation days and infection costs and supports antibiotic stewardship, enabling hospitals to reduce expenses while providing better patient care. The BD Protect system is available in single-facility and enterprise-wide editions.
Tracy Gustafson, director of infection prevention software development and medical affairs at BD Diagnostics Diagnostic Systems, said: Preventing the spread of infections is becoming more challenging each day. The problem is magnified by global travel, new and more dangerous microbes, overuse and misuse of antibiotics, healthcare staffing cuts, and risks to immuno-compromised patients. The BD Protect system provides actionable information that assists infection prevention professionals in making timely decisions.
Philippe Jacon, president of BD Diagnostics Diagnostic Systems, said: “This strategic expansion of BD’s portfolio enables us to provide a set of integrated information solutions to clinicians striving to reduce the incidence and transmission of infections in their facilities. It is a natural complement to our rapid molecular and chromogenic assays for detection and diagnosis of these infectious organisms.