How Hospitals Can Avoid Making Patients Sicker

December 2020

What you need to know:

  • Hospitals can be breeding grounds for infection, especially now that the pandemic is stealing staff’s time and attention.
  • These illnesses have a monetary cost: the top five healthcare-associated infections alone cost the U.S. healthcare system $9.8 billion a year
  • SurfaceWise has been proven in a peer-reviewed case study to cut HAIs by disinfecting surfaces for long periods.

Here’s a not-so-fun fact: About one in 25 people who are admitted to a hospital will pick up an illness, or healthcare-associated infection (HAI), while they’re there, despite the use of hospital-grade disinfectants. That means some of the hospital population walks out sicker than when they walked in — if they walk out at all.

In fact, around 722,000 patients get an infection while being treated in U.S. acute care hospitals, and 75,000 die during hospitalization.

So how are patients getting infected? A number of ways, one of which is by touching contaminated surfaces, like hospital mattresses that haven’t been thoroughly disinfected between patients.

“If we establish that one of the ways people are getting infections is through shared environments, then we can take a closer look at how we are cleaning and decontaminating hospital environments,” said associate research scientist and principal investigator Bevin Cohen, Ph.D.

How a health problem becomes a money problem.

HAIs are a major threat to patients and staff — and hospital budgets. In the U.S., the top five HAIs alone cost the healthcare system around $9.8 billion a year. And with healthcare professionals being more overworked than ever due to the current pandemic, the situation is becoming exacerbated.

Hospitals could add to that spending by purchasing more hospital-grade disinfectants and intensifying cleaning protocols. But since these traditional disinfectants provide momentary protection against continuous contamination, they wouldn’t have a significant impact on recontamination.

Protection for patients, staff and visitors.

Hospitals need a solution that keeps people safe within their walls without breaking the bank. They also need a tough, long-term solution that takes the onus off of individual caretakers by reducing the risk of human error.

There’s only one solution that ticks all those boxes. SurfaceWise is the antimicrobial surface coating proven in a peer-reviewed study to reduce HAIs by creating cleaner surfaces.

In a case study conducted by Allied BioScience, SurfaceWise was sprayed in rooms within two hospitals. The treated surfaces were tested against untreated surfaces for 12 months. The result was a significant statistical reduction in the bacterias that cause HAIs — 64% reduction in treated areas of hospital A and 75% reduction in treated areas of hospital B.

The study showed significant, persistent reductions in both microbial burden and associated HAIs occurred in treated units, suggesting the potential for improved patient outcomes and reduced healthcare costs.

A single application of SurfaceWise2™, our second-generation product, builds on the foundation of the original SurfaceWise by continuously killing 99.9% of viruses and bacteria, including SARS-CoV-2 on virtually any surface, from patient rooms, restrooms and door handles to surgical equipment, waiting rooms, machinery and more. It’s a disinfectant spray that creates a complete protective barrier on surfaces, killing germs for up to 90 days, making it safe to return to pre-COVID cleaning rituals.

SurfaceWise2 can make people feel safer in hospitals. It solves the surface-bacteria problem that masks and social distancing can’t address, and will surely complete the triad that keeps people safe in 2021 and beyond.

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