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Healthcare-Associated Infections and Environmental Cleaning

Posted on February 13, 2014
by Wendy Stackhouse

Healthcare associated infections infographic

With Americans receiving more healthcare in places other than hospitals, the hospital-acquired infection has been reclassified to be called Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI). In other words, hospitals are not the only places you can come down with something just because you went in to get care. As you can see in the infographic above, 5% of patients in the US acquire an infection in a healthcare facility and almost 100,000 die from an HAI every year.

I certainly know people who have acquired a staph infection in a healthcare setting, don’t you? Or have heard about celebrity cases like that of Rosie O’Donnell or the late Roy Scheider, who died from a staph infection.

The Indoor Air Quality Association has hit it out of the park with this video about Healthcare-Associated Infection and how to prevent it with thorough and frequent environmental cleaning:

Cleaning and disinfection are two distinct parts of preventing healthcare-associated infections. Cleaning “refers to the removal of visible soil and organic contamination from a device or environmental surface.” This cleaning goes a long way in removing microorganisms from the cleaned surfaces, but it is not enough. They also need to be disinfected. Some surfaces are more likely to be contaminated than others and some–those close to patient and those which are touched often–need special attention.

At AirTek, we are committed to helping reduce the incidence of healthcare-associated infection. No one should come home from a procedure sicker than they went in.

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