The Biggest Liability to Hospitals Today is dealing with HAIs and CRE

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What are HAIs?

Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs), also known as nosocomial infections, is an infection that is contracted from the environment or staff of a healthcare facility.

  • There are millions of HAIs recorded in the US each year
  • HAIs are the 4th leading cause of death in North America
  • HAIs kill more people than car accidents, AIDS and breast cancer combined
  • 40% caused by contact with surfaces and transmitted from room to room
  • Billions are paid each year out of the hospital’s operating profits
  • Affordable Care Act penalizing underperforming Hospitals with significant reductions in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements
  • New disinfecting tracking being required for Nursing Care and Assisted Living Facilities because of this issue

What are CRE?

     CRE, which stands for Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, are a family of germs that are difficult to treat because they have high levels of resistance to antibiotics. CRE are an important emerging threat to public health.

     Common Enterobacteriaceae include Klebsiella species and Escherichia coli (E. coli). These germs are found in normal human intestines (gut). Sometimes these bacteria can spread outside the gut and cause serious infections, such as urinary tract infections, bloodstream infections, wound infections, and pneumonia. Enterobacteriaceae can cause infections in people in both healthcare and community settings.

Bottom Line is, You Can Lower Your Risk

     Using a comprehensive total solution to fight both HAIs and CRE is the single best way to lower the risk of this becoming an ongoing issue in your facility. With proper solutions, training, and with the right cleaning protocols, you can achieve measurable results. 

There is a solution to this problem... HIPS

Simple Factoids

  • Germs are becoming resistant to ‘old school’ methods
  • More than 20K people die every year because of CRE
  • Facilities continue to use toxic cleaners such as bleach and peroxide to reduce HAI pathogens causing VOC’s and employee health issues
  • Chlorine bleach based products have been linked to asthma and COPD
  • Protocols for cleaning and disinfecting are not stringent enough to track validity and consistency of cleaning processes
  • Many facilities have no consistent protocol policies in place
  • Facilities continue to use manual reporting for efficiency and productivity of staff
  • Some of the alternative solutions in use today, such as UV light, do not provide the coverage and ability to disinfect hospital wide because they are only ‘line of sight’
Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2827870/