HAIs And The Best Preventative Measures

HAIs And The Best Preventative Measures

  • Posted On : 6/6/2018 9:15 AM

A hospital is a place for patients to heal, where healthcare professionals work, families mourn or rejoice, and so much more. A risk that is living while all of this is happening?

This is called, Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs). These are the bacteria lurking in the background waiting for their big moment!

What Are Hospital Acquired Infections?

In the most simple terms, HAIs are infections that people receive while they’re in the hospital! This can happen in any healthcare facility; hospitals, ambulances, surgery centers, and other places. An HAIs is typically caused by bacteria, fungi, a virus and other common pathogens.

What Causes Hospital Acquired Infections?

HAIs do not just show up one day and infect patients. A healthcare facilities most common equipment that causes HAIs are:

  • Catheters
  • Surgery equipment
  • Lack of healthcare sanitation
  • Spread between healthcare professionals and patients
  • Lack of health literacy with antibiotics

An HAIs can be spread when someone goes into surgery and the tools are not sterilized properly. A nurse who forgot to wash her hands during her busy shift can spread HAIs.

All of these scenarios can cause HAIs in patients.

A recent study shows that 71% of reusable medical scopes that are deemed ready for surgery have tested positive for bacteria. These pieces of equipment are most commonly used for Endoscopy; however, the study reveals that the other scopes were used for: colonoscopies, lung procedures, kidney stone removal, and more.

HAIs commonly enter the body in two ways: through the bloodstream and the use of medical instruments. However, the show must go on and these instruments are still used daily. This is because there is nothing better available.

Are we using the best of the best?

The Best Preventative Measures

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that once healthcare professional know that there is risk of HAIs and the correct steps are taken, HAIs can decrease by more than 70%.

How can this 70% occur?

The first way starts before the healthcare professionals even step foot into the hospital, by using the proper design. The design of a hospital is just as important as the preventative measures taken in a hospital.

The next option is to get the best surfaces to prevent HAIs. This can help for bacteria to not stick onto the surfaces which reduce HAIs overall.

Both of these preventative measure can be taken with FlowCARE Nurse Server! FlowCARE is added in the initial design process or renovation of any hospital.

FlowCARE is also made of two preventative surfaces: steel or healthcare laminate. Both of these surfaces help keep HAIs to a minimum and are better for different reasons.

It is the hospital’s job to keep the patients safe during their whole stay.

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FlowCARE Nurse Server is a patent-pending pre-engineered nurse server. This nurse server is one of a kind and is manufactured in the United States. For more information, contact us today!

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