In U.S. hospitals it is estimated that one out of every 25 patients will contract a healthcare-associated infection (HAIs), which ends up leading to about 90,000 deaths annually. 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?
An HAI, also known as a healthcare-associated infection, is a type of infection that is caused as a result of medical care. This can happen in many different settings, whether that is in a hospital, rehabilitation facility, nursing home, outpatient surgery or urgent care. The most common types of HAIs are typically divided into four categories:
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 like nurse server cabinets or specialized sterile storage.
To combat each of these types of healthcare-associated infections, proper storage is the first step. A catheter-associated urinary tract infection is caused by the usage of a non-sterile medical item, which tends to be the most common HAIs in the United States. To prevent this, the FlowCARE catheter storage solutions provides high quality storage that includes carts, baskets and trays, retractable catheter hooks, aluminum framed glass doors and much more. This is a great step to take to ensure that all of the accessories and tools needed for implementation or removal of a catheter are accessible and sterile.
An HAI like a central line-associated bloodstream infection can be caused when bacteria is entered into the patient’s body through their central line and into their bloodstream. It is incredibly important that all of the materials being used are sterile and easy to get to. When a nurse has to leave the area to grab a missing item, that can increase the chances of bacteria and germs. To combat these types of HAIs, nurse server cabinets can be an easy and effective solution.
These cabinets are easy to fit into any environment. They are customizable and able to be changed at any time to better fit needs. These cabinets provide vertical storage, which allows items to be stored upright and preventing bacteria from getting inside and contaminating the items. It also provides corridor stocking, which means there will be less traffic inside of the patient rooms, decreasing the amount of bacteria and germs present in the environment. Having nurse server cabinets in all healthcare related rooms is a great way to prevent the spread of bacteria and ultimately the amount of HAIs contracted.
By taking the appropriate precautions when it comes to storage and sterilization, you are able to prevent healthcare-associated infections at a much higher rate. Storage may not seem like a huge factor when it comes to the safety of patients, but it can make a huge difference in the long run.
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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