In a peer-reviewed study published in the American Journal of Infection Control, infection data from 12 months before and after the installation of the VidaShield infection prevention system in the special care unit (SCU) of a hospital in Kentucky was analyzed. Overall infection rates were reduced by 60% and the rates of common healthcare-associated infections like Clostridium difficile, CAUTIs and CLABSIs were reduced by more than 60%, despite no reported changes in the amount/type of cleaning done, the infection control protocol or reporting procedures. (depicted below)1
Healthcare-associated infections cost facilities billions of dollars and cause 99,000 deaths annually according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At CME, we consider this trend to be nothing short of tragic, but we do have some answers.
CME’s latest eBook, Healthcare-Associated Infections Beyond the ACA: Supply-Chain Could Be the Key to Further Reduction of Infection Rates, dives into this subject matter and gives actionable solutions to facility managers and infection control leaders alike.
Combating Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) is a multi-faceted effort that involves almost every aspect in each facility, from staff to equipment and policies and procedures. A CDC study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, regarding HAI found that 25.6 percent of all HAI occurrences were linked to contaminated medical devices.
A retrospective study showed that Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) were the fifth-leading cause of death at U.S. acute care hospitals. With tens of thousands of deaths each year, HAI are no small matter, and while many hospitals are taking steps to prevent these deadly infections, the problem continues and patients remain at risk.
One of the most effective ways to target healthcare-associated infections (HAI) is to go right to the source – the DNA and RNA of the actual organisms, themselves. Through new innovations in ultra-violet (UV) light technology, scientists have developed a proven method of harnessing these powerful rays and positioning them in healthcare facilities to save thousands of lives and billions of dollars at hospitals and medical clinics.
Warwick, R.I. – In a partnership that will target hospital acquired infections (HAI), CME has been named the preferred North American distributor for VidaShield, the healthcare equipment and logistics company is proud to announce.
According to the latest CDC statistics, hospital acquired infections (HAIs) affect 5 to 10 percent of hospitalized patients in the U.S. per year, with approximately 1.7 million HAIs occurring in U.S. hospitals each year, resulting in 99,000 deaths and an estimated $20 billion in healthcare costs.
WARWICK, R.I. - Hospital acquired infections (HAI) exact a heavy toll on health care institutions. Each year, approximately 722,000 patients acquire a HAI resulting in extended hospital stays, readmissions, and, in over 10% of the cases, death.
In their efforts to address more effective practices in hospital disinfection procedures, Clorox Healthcare and CME have partnered to bring the Clorox Healthcare Optimum-UV System to healthcare facilities across the country.
Infection prevention is everybody’s job in all kinds of healthcare facilities. In fact, the scope of infection prevention concerns has expanded such that the acronym HAI no longer refers just to “hospital acquired infections,” but now to “healthcare associated infections”. These HAIs are not restricted just to hospitals, but also to skilled nursing facilities, rehab facilities, ambulatory surgery centers, clinics, and even physician offices.