In U.S. hospitals alone, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) states there is an estimated 1.7 million infections and 99,000 associated deaths each year from hospital acquired infections (HAIs). A patient goes in for a simple procedure or surgery and days later is readmitted because of a sickness or infection. It appears to be a common story seen unfolding across the nation’s healthcare scene.
With an issue this common, how can healthcare professionals stop the spread of HAIs in hospitals?
HAI, also known as nosocomial infections, are infections patients receive while undergoing treatment for medical or surgical conditions. HAIs don’t only occur in surgery settings. A simple reusable medical instrument can cause a number of HAIs as well. The most common types of HAIs are:
A patient who receives a HAI can spend an additional 6.5 days in the hospital and are twice as likely to die from their infection. A patient’s life is at stake when it comes to the spread of HAIs, and this can cost a hospital over $10 billion annually. The alarming statistics of patient illnesses and deaths related to HAIs further compounds when experts say they are preventable.
The first thing a hospital can provide for their healthcare professionals is the right storage system. While HAIs will never go away, there are storage solutions available on the market to help prevent the spread of these infections.
A catheter associated urinary tract infection is caused by the usage of a non-sterile medical item. These are the most common HAIs in the United States. The first step in all of this is making sure sterile medical items are properly sterilized. A study shows how 71 percent of reusable medical items deemed for surgery have tested for bacteria.
Another way to prevent catheter HAIs is with the proper sterile storage for these specific medical items. FlowCARE Catheter Cabinets provide healthcare professionals with the ability to store their reusable medical items properly and keep them sterile. The surface of FlowCARE keeps bacteria at bay. This is because it is constructed of healthcare grade laminate (HPL) or anti-microbial powder-coated steel.
The best way to avoid the other top four HAIs frequently observed at healthcare facilities?
The storage units need to stand up to hold the sterilized items. This prevents bacteria from getting inside and contaminating the items.
This is where FlowCARE Nurse Server is available. The sterilization process doesn’t happen in FlowCARE, but this unit can hold these items efficiently. The design can hold a small number of these medical items. Our system is made up of two types of healthcare compliant materials.
Through proper storage systems, hospital are increasing their methods of proper hygiene, implementing the CDC TAP strategy, providing care protocols and more. FlowCARE is the next step in helping to prevent these common infections.
FlowCARE Nurse Server was designed with helping healthcare professionals and patients alike. For more information on our storage systems, contact us today!
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