1.7 Million patients are affected by Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) every year in the U.S. The Yankaddy® can change that.
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The Yankaddy® is a disposable holster designed to releasably retain the Yankauer suction instrument and prevent any undesired movement of the Yankauer.
It easily attaches to its reusable bracket that features an adjustable arm with a spring clamp. The Yankaddy® bracket, with its spring clamp, makes it easy to attach to numerous places such as bedrails, counters, equipment, and IV poles so that it is always where it needs to be, when it needs to be there.
Until now, there has not been a place to store the Yankauer suction instrument before and during its use in a medical procedure. In current practice, without the Yankaddy®, the Yankauer gets placed under a mattress or pillow, on top of equipment and on counters, and frequently falls to the floor.
The Yankaddy® offers a reliable place to store the Yankauer suction instrument thereby keeping the environment from becoming contaminated and spreading healthcare-associated infections.
The Yankaddy® was designed to be used with one hand, adding safety to patients and convenience to medical providers.
In a study on bacterial growth in secretions and on suctioning equipment of orally intubated patients, researchers found after 24 hours, that 67% of all subjects had sputum cultures positive for pathogens and 94% of all tonsil suction devices (Yankauer suctioning tube) were colonized with gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, and antibiotic resistant organisms.
In this study, 47 observations of the location of the tonsil suction device were recorded. The most common location of the device was on a shelf near the patient's bedside (67%).
Many of the suction devices were found hanging freely while still attached to the suction tubing (21%). The remaining devices were found in the patient's bed (13%). 51% of the time the suction devices were found uncovered(1).
It has been estimated that the source of pathogens causing an HAI in the ICU was the patient's flora (40-60%), cross-infection via the hands of personnel (20-40%), and contamination of the environment (20%)(2).
Over the past 10 years, scientific evidence has accumulated that contamination of environmental surfaces in hospital rooms play an important role in the transmission of several key healthcare-associated pathogens, including MRSA, VRE, C-Diff, and norovirus(3-7).
- MRSA can survive 7 days to 7 months on dry surfaces
- Clostridium difficile (C diff) survives 5 months on dry surfaces
- Norovirus survives from 8 hours to 12 months on dry surfaces
- VRE survives 5 days to 4 months on dry surfaces