Hospitals work hard each and every day of the year to heal vulnerable patients. With many patients comes many medical supplies, but medical supplies must be reused and cleaned after each patient to ensure proper sanitation. However, this is not always the case, as hospital acquired infections (HAI’s) account for 99,000 deaths in United States hospitals each year. 

You wouldn’t expect that from a hospital, from a place that is supposed to be clean and sterile at all times. Yet, it happens more often than you think, as 1.7 million people receive an HAI each year in the U.S. This is a big problem in the healthcare industry, but luckily, there are steps nurses and other healthcare professionals can take to control and prevent hospital acquired infections from happening, as well as proper storage solutions such as nurse server cabinets

Here are some things nurses can do to help prevent HAI’s from happening. 

1. Handwashing

It seems obvious, but nurses and other doctors should be washing their hands many times throughout their shift. When you wash your hands, make sure to use soap with warm water. 

2. Environmental Hygiene

As it is important that the nurse taking care of the patient is taking proper cleaning steps, it’s important that the hospital room and everything in it is clean as well. Creating a daily cleaning checklist for patient-care areas and equipment will be very beneficial. The checklist should include the immediate vicinity around the patient, including the bedding, hospital gown, toilets and all high touch surfaces. It is also important to have a cleaning checklist for when the patient is dismissed from the hospital, and before a new patient gets admitted to the same  room. 

3. Medical Instruments

This should go without saying, but since medical equipment is being used over and over, on many different patients, they should be clean and sterile before every use. Medical supplies go from room to room depending on the patient, and it is important that these are kept clean and sterile before every use. 

4. Proper Storage

Lastly, all medical supplies should be kept clean, sterile and safe when being stored. This goes for medical items of all types. FlowCare is a leader when it comes to healthcare supply storage. Our Nurse Server Cabinets and Catheter Cabinets help prevent hospital acquired infections in many ways:

  • Keep sterilized items ready for surgery.

  • 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.  

Hospital Acquired infections is an issue in the healthcare industry that needs to be controlled and prevented. At FlowCare, we strive to innovate our products to do just that. From catheter cabinets to other forms of sterile storage, our goal is to diminish HAI’s and improve quality patient care. 

To learn more about FlowCare or any of our products, contact us today! 

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