Healthcare consumers are savvier today than ever before, with easy access to data about healthcare providers at their fingertips via smartphone or tablet. Healthcare consumers also have far more to choose from as compared to previous generations, and are far more likely to exercise their freedom of choice.
Studies have found the rate of hospital-acquired infections, such as MRSA, VRE and clostridium difficile, is a statistic that many healthcare consumers consider strongly before choosing a healthcare provider. A facility with a low rate of hospital-acquired infections is often chosen over a facility with a higher rate.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that at least 2 million people become infected with hospital acquired infections (HAI’s), while hospitalized every year.
Even more alarming is the estimated 99,000 that die each year from these infections. This loss of life from preventable infections is both tragic, and astronomically expensive, adding up to 8 additional days in the ICU and 9 additional hospital days, estimated at an average cost of $36,000 per infection. Some institutions believe this cost to be even higher. In fact, the aggregate burden of U.S. hospital-acquired infections is estimated to exceed $28-33 billion annually.
So why have HAI’s risen 36% in the last 20 years?
This can be attributed to an increase in invasive procedures and microorganisms growing resistance to antibiotics. Many healthcare institutions use powerful disinfectants to kill these dangerous organisms but often times improperly by allowing them to dry before the required contact time, which could be as high as 10 minutes depending on the disinfectant. If a disinfectant does not remain wet on the surface for the required contact time, it will not reach its stated Log reduction of bio burden on the surface. Imagine trying to keep an entire bed frame both top and bottom wet with a disinfectant for several minutes; it’s virtually impossible. Now imagine trying to terminally clean and disinfect an entire hospital room or surgical suite like this!
In light of this, healthcare institutions such as hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and urgent care clinics are seeking a more proactive approach to combating hospital-acquired infections. One particularly effective approach is an environmental intervention, the objective of which is to create a microbe-hostile environment. Germ Protective Systems creates this environment by covalently bonding to surfaces to provide a long lasting base layer of protection shown to eliminate >99.99% of microorganisms on surfaces quickly. Continually combating and neutralizing microbial threats before they have an opportunity to spread, Germ Protective Systems persists in the absence of good disinfecting practice.