MEMPHIS, Tenn., July 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In any given hospital in the country at any given time, one in 25 patients has at least one hospital-acquired infection, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. What's more, many of these infections prove fatal. And as increased surveillance has shown that HAIs are causing an alarming number of patient deaths per year, infection control efforts have drifted to the forefront of industry conversation.
Consequently, a stronger emphasis is being placed upon innovative and comprehensive infection prevention programs to incorporate multiple levels of hospital staff, as well as various disinfection processes, to ensure the safety of all environments that patients come in contact with during their care. According to industry experts, the most effective infection control plans address specific procedures for disinfection of the three "E"s: employees, equipment and environments.
Hand washing remains one of the most simple, yet critical, ways to prevent the spread of germs. However, many health care workers fail to meet the suggested standards for hand hygiene. With recently published studies showing the lack of compliance with recommended hand hygiene guidelines, some as little as only 30 percent of the time, progressive infection preventionists have turned up the heat on education and enforcement of these protocols while implementing new technologies, such as radio frequency identification and WiFi-based systems, to track hand hygiene compliance.
Additionally, focus has increased on the proper sterilization and disinfection, use and disposal methods of medical equipment. Multiple studies have traced the outbreaks of numerous superbugs – such as Clostridium difficile, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and carpbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae – to failed compliance with scientifically based guidelines for steri
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