In close collaboration, Cider (Centre for Infectious Disease Expertise and Research) and CYS offer a user-friendly technical solution for the healthcare sector to identify and reduce the contamination risks of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the so-called Infection Risk Scan (IRIS). Previously, all data was collected on paper. Bas Wintermans, physician-microbiologist, says in an interview enthusiastically about this successful methodology and its translation into a user-friendly online environment by CYS.


Digitizing the paper IRIS method

'In healthcare institutions, bacterial infections occur regularly. Dissemination through frequent personal contact is very difficult to prevent. In addition, due to the frequent use of antibiotics, the healthcare sector is extra sensitive to antibiotic resistance. The IRIS method clearly maps the risk factors. This gives us complete insight to improve hygiene in the workplace and to reduce the dissemination,' explains Bas

To date, the risk factors have been collected manually on paper using the IRIS method. The method, developed and published by, among others, Ina Willemsen, has already proven itself in practice, but this took a lot of time and manpower and yielded a lot of paperwork. Cider was looking for a partner to translate this manual IRIS methodology into an automated online environment to easily collect and analyze all required data.

'The choice ultimately fell on CYS because they are originally a research agency and have always developed software based on the needs of the user in particular. On the basis of their research expertise, various solutions have been presented that have simplified the digital audit and of which we had not previously anticipated that these were necessary, "according to the very enthusiastic Bas.

For example, an extra solution has been proposed to manage the project in a management environment. Here you plan the audits and you can easily view contamination risks and the progress of the audits. Also, the easy ability to switch between audits seems to be very efficient for the user. Bas sees the flexibility, the ability to empathize with the user, and the quick answering of support questions as a great added value.

Also read: How CYS cooperates in reducing antibiotic resistance

At the end of August, the first rollout of the digital IRIS scan in the Zuyderland nursing homes was started. 'The first impression of users is very positive. By the end of the year, we expect to have collected and analyzed the first results', says Bas. 

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