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October 2017


Clinell Training Package: Best Educational App!

In August 2017, the Clinell Training Package won ‘Best Educational App’ in the Best Mobile App Awards. Since then we have been put under the spotlight in an interview with the Best Mobile App Awards to tell them a little more about how the training package came about, what makes it unique and our vision for the future.

Developed in conjunction with some of the leading infection prevention and control (IPC) specialists in the UK, the Clinell Training Package is a tablet-based software package designed to arm infection prevention professionals with the very best tools in their fight against healthcare associated infections.

Take a look at the interview here.

Interviews with our scholarship recipients

October 2017


Nicola and Sarah are two exceptional nurses who are receiving our GAMA Infection Prevention Scholarship. We’re providing a full scholarship, covering all tuition fees, for them to each study a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Practice with focus on Infection Prevention.
We caught up with both of them shortly after they’d received the good news.

Nicola Headon

Nicola Headon

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

Tell me about yourself?
I went to school and studied nursing and then spent 6 and half years in intensive care, getting myself a sister’s post there. But I’d always had an interest in infection control, so, when a post came up, in my same hospital, I jumped at it. With intensive care you have a lot of very sick patients, and a lot of them don’t do so well and it’s hard. But, with infection control, you can make a big difference to a huge number of people.

How long was it since you moved into infection prevention?
18 months but, in intensive care, a lot of the patients that come in have infections and sepsis so you get quite involved with it anyway. More than the general wards, it gets really embedded into your practice because it’s life or death for those patients.

Do you have any advice for any nurses looking to move into infection prevention?
In our hospital, we don’t have link nurses – but I do think that’s a really important role. I think that if they can increase their own knowledge, and become specialists within their own team, then they can have quite a big impact on their area. That can be the kind of thing that really helps them get into the post.

Why did you apply for the PG(Dip)?
I’ve been in the role for 18 months, and I’ve learnt a lot on the job, but I just felt like I could do with some formal education. Just to underpin that and deal with the finer understanding of how infections are spread, how the process works. Hopefully by understanding that, it’ll give us a better idea of what we can do to actually prevent them.

What appealed about the course at the University of West London?
The lecturers are a massive thing because they’re so renowned in the field – I mean, you’ve got 3 authors of the Epic 3 guidelines in there. These are teaching specialists with such a wealth of knowledge on the subject. Who better to teach than the best?

What does the course mean to you?
Oh gosh. Well it’s good for my own personal development, and hopefully it’ll be a huge stepping stone in that respect, but – hopefully – it’ll have a positive effect on the patients that we look after in our health boards. Anything I learn and any research that I do can hopefully be applied back to them.

Any final thoughts?
Just thank you very much for the opportunity. I’m not sure it would be happening if it wasn’t for the scholarship so thank very much to GAMA.

Thanks Nicola, it was great chatting with you. Hope all goes well with the course and it gives you a stepping stone as you start the next stage in your career.

Sarah Wright

Sarah Wright

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Tell me about yourself?
I qualified in 2011, working various jobs between orthopaedics and plastics – so I’m surgical nurse trained – and that was at Guy’s & St. Thomas’ in London. Then, this year, I moved over to Oxford John Radcliffe in an infection prevention and control nurse role. I was previously an IPC link nurse at my old trust for a year and a half, which is where a lot of my interest has come from. I’ve done various in-house courses as I’ve gone along. I’m very keen to get a master’s because I was unable to attend my graduation ceremony or get a graduation picture for my undergraduate degree – for various reasons – but, because I hadn’t done that, I’m very motivated to get myself a photo with the hat and gown. As well, because I’m so interested in evidence-based practice, I’m very keen on education to underpin that.
I’ve done one level 7 course at my previous job in plastics, a breast care course, which I did very well in and got a distinction. That spurred me on to say “actually I can do this” so, when my colleague emailed me about the scholarship, I thought there’s nothing to lose in trying to apply – funding for education can be hard to come by.

How did you first get interested in infection prevention?
I think it probably stemmed from working in orthopaedics. You can end up with nasty infections like osteomyelitis and things related to that. Going into plastics and being surgically trained meant I was trained on things like wound infections. I think I’m a bit of a perfectionist as well when it comes to things like ANTT, cannulation, wound care and completing tasks to a high standard – I think it’s built into my personality.

Are you planning on doing the full MSc?
That would be the aim. Obviously, we’ll see how I go and see where we are with circumstances in 2 years’ time but that’s the plan so that I can graduate. I think I’ll work harder at my master’s: I think you look at it differently than when you do your first degree. It’s a lot harder and requires a lot more of you – there’s no just “getting through it”.

Thanks Sarah, good luck with the course! Hope you get a really nice photo with your cap and gown!

Recent events


In the last couple of months we have been as busy as ever, exhibiting at another 3 events to try and introduce our products to as many new faces as possible.

In April we were in Vienna (Austria) for ECCMID and in June we went to both Johannesburg (South Africa) for Africa Health and Geneva (Switzerland) for ICPIC. All events were very well attended and proved to be a great success. It was so good to see so many of you there, and we’d like to thank you for taking the time to visit us!


Meeting 2017


GAMA Healthcare are proud to announce their second annual Distributor Meeting, to be held on Sunday 17th September 2017 in Manchester, UK.

IPS, the UK’s largest infection prevention conference, is in Manchester from the 18th – 20th September. We encourage you to attend this conference with a Key Opinion Leader (KOL) in your market if possible.

GAMA’s meeting will be exclusive to distributors, focusing on training and collaboration. There will be sessions dedicated to discussion and training, providing valuable insights for all attending.

We feel that this event will be very useful and valuable to all who attend, and we look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.

News Luglio 2017

GAMA Healthcare Disinfectant Compatibility Statement

July 2017

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) recently published a Medical Devices Safety Update (vol. 5, no. 3, May 2017) which contained an article entitled ‘Disinfectants and detergents can damage medical equipment plastics’. GAMA Healthcare are aware that this has caused a lot of concern and confusion in the Australian marketplace.

We welcome the publication of the following clarifications to the alert which is now available to view on the TGA website:

i. Certain disinfectant wipes and detergents can damage medical devices if the cleaning agent is incompatible with the device’s plastic surfaces*.
*The TGA considers cleaning agents that contain levels of benzalkonium chloride below 5-10% are safe to use on medical devices. Disinfectants generally use about 0.5% benzalkonium chloride, which is considered noncorrosive at these levels.

ii. Detergent wipes used by the hospital to clean the pumps contained the ingredient ‘benzalkonium chloride’. This is classed as a quaternary ammonium compound which is a corrosive ingredient and therefore should not be used**.
** Benzalkonium chloride is unsafe at a concentration above 10% and therefore should not be used without being diluted.

iii. When cleaning medical devices the TGA recommends that health facilities:
• Review all decontamination processes that use a disinfectant wipe or detergent containing quaternary ammonium compounds on a plastic surface***.
*** Particularly if the surface is made of polycarbonate material.

GAMA Healthcare Ltd. would like to confirm to all our customers that Clinell Universal Wipes contain benzalkonium chloride at a concentration of less than 0.5% and therefore per the TGA clarification are considered non-corrosive at this level.

We have also been advised that the wording of the alert specifically referencing detergent wipes has been interpreted to mean neutral detergent wipes. GAMA Healthcare would like to confirm Clinell Detergent wipes do not contain benzalkonium chloride.

We fully support the TGA statement that equipment manufacturers’ cleaning recommendations should be followed.

GAMA Healthcare continues to work with equipment manufacturers on material compatibility and welcomes the opportunity to collaborate on any items which require disinfection and are not currently listed on our approved equipment list.

For guidance of on using disinfectant wipes, please download the Instructions For Use below.

Signed, on behalf of GAMA Healthcare Ltd.,
Dr. Guy Braverman
Managing Director & Co-Founder

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