Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI’s) are a common result of hospital stays. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in every 25 patients in the United States has gotten an infection that can be linked to their hospital stay. A recent report by Kaiser Health News states that 27 hospitals in the State of Michigan are being penalized for being the lowest performing in the country for hospital acquired conditions.
There are numerous steps that both doctors and patients can take to reduce the risk of HAI’s, but when you add the risk of human error there is no guarantee. The responsibility to keep patient’s healthy falls on the doctor, the patient and the hospital. The more HAI’s reported in a hospital, the less funding they receive. With proper education, hospital patients can take the initiative to protect themselves and ask questions when necessary. When human error happens, it leaves both patients and hospital staff at risk. This risk can be greatly reduced with the help of an antimicrobial protection program.
Surface Shield is a groundbreaking antimicrobial technology that permanently bonds to a porous or non-porous surface, forming a non-toxic shield that kills germs. The solution creates a “bed of nails” to inhibit the growth of bacteria, viruses, mold, and other microorganisms for up to 90 days. Microbes that land on this bed of nails are impaled, rupturing the cell wall and causing the demise of the microbe. No poisons or toxic chemicals are used that can cause mutation or adaptive changes in the microbes. The result is a reduced risk of cross contamination and microbial growth. With Surface Shield, high touch point surfaces in hospitals such as bed railings, door handles, bathroom fixtures and even stethoscopes can all be given an extra layer of protection.
By implementing a deep cleaning program and Surface Shield antimicrobial protection, hospitals will be able to give their employees, patients and visitors an extra layer of protection against HAI’s.