At least 1 in 25 patients has at least one hospital acquired infection on a given day and many of these infections are preventable.  Even though hospitals have been taking an active and engaged approach to help prevent these infections, there is still more that can be done.

In 2017, more than 119,000 people contracted Staph bloodstream infection and nearly 20,000 died from this infection in the United States alone.

More and more hospitals are being monitored and rated on their prevention methods and quality; however, the plateau in satisfactory ratings can be contributed to a number of issues from handwashing practices to lack of screening patients for hospital acquired infections.

These are the prevention methods and technology on the market that can help and possibly prevent the spread of hospital acquired infections from patients to patients.

FlowCARE 

The first prevention method on the market for storage solutions for the healthcare industry is FlowCARE.  FlowCARE provides a number of storage units from nurse server cabinets to catheter storage. Any storage units from FlowCARE can help prevent the spread of hospital acquired infections several ways:

  • Keep sterilized items deemed ready for surgery protected.
  • The surface of all nurse server cabinets and other healthcare storage units keep bacteria from getting inside the unit with healthcare grade laminate or antimicrobial powder coated steel!
  • The storage units are located inside each room. This stops items from moving room to room with the chance of bacteria attaching to the item.
  • Catheter storage provides a safe, secure and sterilized space for all catheter and central lines to be stored.  

Hygiene 

When it comes to proper hygiene, it’s essential inside hospitals, but the right hygiene methods don’t always happen. Research has shown that patients who stay at the hospital for long time periods should practice CHG bathing. Over a five month period, 24 hospitals participated in CHG bathing methods the research showed a 30 percent decrease for bloodstream infections and 40 percent decrease in antibiotic-resistant bacteria hospital acquired infections. These proper hygiene methods can easily be implemented into hospitals.

Cleaning verification 

A new technology on the market that the healthcare industry can implement into healthcare systems is ATP Cleaning Verification System. This portable, handheld system can verify that surfaces and equipment has been properly cleaned with the right materials and chemicals! The possibilities with adding this technology and FlowCARE storage units is endless!

A keyboard, mouse and workstation is the perfect place for bacteria to grow. The area is constantly being used, touched and germs are spreading without thinking about it. A great addition is Cycom’s Medical line for these stations. The lining goes over the mouse, keyboard, monitors and other items to help control hospital acquired infections. The tight fitting screen is designed to fit seamlessly and can be wiped off with any cleaning products without being destroyed.

Textiles 

When a patient contracts a hospital acquired infection, they're more likely to be readmitted to the hospital. A great option for textiles is Cupron. This technology has been used on over one million patient’s hospital gowns, pillowcases and other materials which helps decrease the spread of germs from one textile material to the next. A study done at a Norfolk, Virginia based hospital shows a decrease in hospital acquired infections when Cupron products were introduced into the rooms.

This is a small, comprehensive list of preventative methods and technology on the market that can help prevent against hospital acquired infections. These methods and technology was specifically chosen for the purpose that all of the actions happen before this technology or method is introduced are leading causes of infections.

For more technology, follow this link: https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/lists/100-infection-control-products-to-know-2019.html

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FlowCARE storage solutions and nurse server cabinets were designed with helping to keep HAIs at a minimum in the healthcare industry. For more information, contact us today! 

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