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Sterile Environments treats hospitals

Adding Sterile Doctor to the environmental services frontline at any hospital helps eliminate human error and takes the guesswork out of complete terminal disinfection of patient areas. Investment in Sterile Environments technology can save a hospital hundreds of thousands of dollars in penalties and missed reimbursements without having to increase hospital staff.

An estimated 100,000 Americans die annually from health care-associated infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s more than the death toll from AIDS, breast cancer and car accidents combined. Despite this alarming statistic, many Americans still view hospitals as safe havens, but that could change as news of the rising number of healthcare-acquired infections across the nation is uncovered.These HAIs are the result of hardy pathogens such as Clostridium difficile, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Acinetobacter spp. and vancomycin-resistant Enterococci that lurk in patient areas of hospitals and health care facilities. These “superbugs” are sneaking past traditional methods of cleaning and disinfection and being transferred from patient to patient through contaminated surfaces in patient rooms, medical equipment and hospital staff. Studies have shown that traditional cleaning methods such as hand-cleaning are only 50 percent effective, leaving patients with a 50-50 shot at making an acquaintance with a pathogen on any of the top places that they hide in hospital rooms.

So where are these sneaky bugs taking refuge? Here are the top spots:
• Bedside rail
• Bedside table
• Overbed table
• Chair arm
• Sink counter
• Bathroom area, specifically toilet and floor
• IV pole
• Monitoring equipment
• Critical and semi-critical equipment, such as catheters and ventilators
• Hands of the healthcare professional

These common patient touch points are where most environmental cultures are obtained in research on the effectiveness of decontamination methods used in hospital rooms.

 

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