Navigation Links
Virginia Hospitals Reduce Infections 41%
Date:6/23/2011

RICHMOND, Va., June 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Four hospitals serving Virginia patients reduced healthcare-acquired infection rates (HAIs) a collective 41 percent within 90 days, resulting in savings of $1.2 million in additional costs to the health care delivery system. Adding a persistent action plan to existing federal hand washing protocols, these hospitals improved patient safety and quality, reported 59 fewer infections and reduced patient length-of-stay and unnecessary readmissions.

VHHA Services, a subsidiary of the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association, coordinated a study among the four hospitals to determine if adding a persistent hand sanitizing lotion and a persistent surface disinfectant to current practices reduces HAI rates. The products, developed by Germ Pro Products, Inc., offer continual, long-acting (persistent) effects that kill germs on hands for four hours and on surfaces for up to 28 days.

Health care workers at the four hospitals were instructed to apply Germ Pro Hand Sanitizing Lotion at the start of their workday and reapply every four hours. They were told to continue washing their hands or using an alcohol sanitizer as recommended in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Hand Hygiene Guidelines. Environmental Services employees were instructed to apply the surface disinfectant to "touch points" only. Rooms were disinfected after patient discharges and common hospital areas were treated monthly. No capital investment was required by the participating hospitals.

The study ran three months and compared HAI rates during the study to the three months prior to the study period. After the three-month trial period, results showed an average of 41.5 percent fewer infections per 1,000 patient days. Individual hospitals reduced infections 29.4 percent, 32.4 percent, 50 percent and 54.2 percent respectively.

The CDC estimates the average cost of an HAI is $20,549, which results in a cost savings estimate of $1.2 million for the 59 HAIs prevented. The cost to implement both products is less than $15,000 for three months.

"Our Clostridium difficile (C. diff) rates dropped significantly," says Linda Sokos, MT, CIC, Danville Regional Medical Center. "Needless to say, the Infection Control Committee recommended that the [Germ Pro] products be adopted. Nursing leadership concurred and we are in the process of bringing them in-house in all of our patient care areas."

Adds Rebecca Bartles, MPH, CIC, corporate manager, infection prevention department, Johnson City Medical Center, a member of Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA), "During the trial, we observed a 32.4 percent reduction in Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus (VRE), C. diff and multi-drug-resistant gram negative transmission rates. Although healthcare-acquired infections are often caused by multiple factors, this significant reduction indicates that a correlation may exist between these products and reduced environmental contamination. Additionally, we have observed a sustained decrease in infections at JCMC since the products were implemented in all areas. Based on these favorable results, MSHA facilities have implemented Germ Pro products system-wide."

"The most unique aspect of the Germ Pro Hand Sanitizing Lotion is its ability to 'persistently' kill pathogens in between hand washings preventing staff from picking up and transmitting germs to the patient," says David Jenkins, vice president, VHHA Services. "As an added benefit, the hypoallergenic lotion creates a protective hydrophobic polymeric layer over the skin that helps heal hands from the harsh effects of alcohol rubs and repeated hand washings. The need for the use of hand lotion to improve skin integrity as part of a comprehensive hand hygiene program has been well documented. As the lotion also helps reduce infections, multiple goals are achieved."

As a result of these four successful trials, 15 hospitals have adopted the Germ Pro persistent products as part of their overall infection prevention programs, improving patient quality and safety for Virginians.

About VHHA

The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association is an alliance of hospitals and health delivery systems that develops and advocates health care policy for the Commonwealth. Its vision is to achieve excellence in both health care and health. www.vhha.com

About VHHA Services

The Virginia Hospital Shared Services Corporation, VHHA Services, was founded by the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association in 1980 to deliver an array of products and resources to help Virginia hospitals and health systems improve their clinical, financial and operational performance. www.vhhaservices.com

About Germ Pro Products, Inc.

Germ Pro Products works to protect patients and health care workers against infections through persistent, long-lasting, antimicrobial products. www.germproproducts.com


'/>"/>
SOURCE Virginia Hospital Shared Services Corporation
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. MinuteClinic Forms Strategic Affiliation With Inova Health System in Northern Virginia
2. Southern Home Medical Equipment Engages Northern Virginia Based Waterford Holdings Group to Evaluate and Consider Acquisition Candidates in the Mid-Atlantic Area
3. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with First Lady of Virginia Marks Expansion of Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc. (HDL, Inc.)
4. EDC Functionality, Ease of Data Entry, and Access to Data All Factors in University of Virginia Cancer Centers Selection of the OnCore Clinical Research Management System
5. Virginian-Pilot Story Misleads Readers on USDA Inspection Report for PLRS
6. Free Prostate Screenings Offered at Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center
7. Oral Cancer Foundation Donates Screening Devices to West Virginia Free Clinics
8. Care to Care Licensed to Manage High-cost Radiology in Virginia
9. CVS/pharmacy to Provide H1N1 Vaccinations in Massachusetts, Virginia and Orange County, California
10. University of Virginia Acquires New Elekta Technology to Expand Patient Groups That Could Benefit From Gamma Knife Surgery
11. Infant Formula Company Teams With the University of Virginia Pediatrics Department to Conduct Clinical Studies
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/2/2016)... , Dec. 1, 2016  Today, Simpson Healthcare Executives, ... honor of being selected as winners of multiple awards ... Executives Website at the PLATINUM level, Blue Zones Menu ... at the GOLD Level, and our proprietary 3ConneX Platform ... Simpson Healthcare Executives, we are excited to showcase our ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... BRUSSELS , Dec. 2, 2016  UCB is pleased to ... presentation at the upcoming 70 th American Epilepsy Society ... Houston, TX , USA. 1-12 ... safety and efficacy profile of VIMPAT ® (lacosamide) CV ... also share findings on the current state of the union ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... Dec. 2, 2016 Allergan plc (NYSE: ... information on its previously announced Accelerated Share Repurchase (ASR) Program. ... ... As previously announced, the Company entered into a ... the Company will repurchase $10 billion of its ordinary shares. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:12/2/2016)... Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) , ... December 02, 2016 , ... ... the Open Enrollment Period (or Annual Election Period), is ending December 7th. Currently-enrolled Medicare ... plan (Part C) or prescription drug plan (Part D) need to make changes during ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... December 02, 2016 , ... ... inspirational interview of two ostomy patients, standing as living proof that attitude and ... from digestive diseases and issues that spike around the holidays. This campaign will ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... , ... December 02, 2016 , ... ... of "Cardiovascular Health" in USA Today, which covers the innovative treatments, therapeutic technologies, ... while maintaining fulfilling lives. “We are prolonging life 6 years in the last ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... OH (PRWEB) , ... December 02, 2016 , ... ... of veterinarian diagnostic imaging systems and the first company to offer ... With a Heart at their tradeshow booth # 941 for the American Association ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... 02, 2016 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, at The House of Yahweh in Abilene, ... into Bible Prophecy. Yisrayl says this generation, known as the Last Generation, started in ... the details line up exactly with Bible Prophecy – a protected way for those ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):