Ways to Reduce Infection in Your Hospital

05.21.14

Written by: Selective Micro Technologies  

hospital roomNosocomial infections, also known as hospital associated infections (HAI’s), are a huge problem we have throughout the healthcare system, and a lot of the infections are caused by mutated, highly evolved, drug resistant bugs. Major steps of better disinfection and sanitization need to be involved and instituted in order to help prevent some of the unnecessary deaths which are occurring in American hospitals.

Nearly 100,000 American people experience near death or die each year from superbugs, and the total cost estimated to treat these infections is estimated at approximately $35 billion annually. Throughout history, organisms have adapted and evolved as a survival measure against antibiotics, but also against some chemicals. Today, this now includes antibiotic resistant bacteria or superbugs, such as CRE and C-Diff, as well as other microorganisms.

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Since microbes have regularly demonstrated an ability to self-influence genetic recombination as a measure of antibiotic resistance, of which can be achieved in relative rapid fashion, it is necessary to not only evaluate abuse of antibiotics, but also decontamination practices to ensure we are best equipped to handle these bugs moving into the future; excessive use of antibiotics pollutes measures to treat superbugs while inadequate disinfection proliferates a breeding ground for these same bugs.

For these reasons, we recommend taking necessary preventive measures with disinfection practice in order to avoid the potential for widespread contamination and spread of bacteria and disease. It is widely recommended to use oxidizers for hospital decontamination because of their inherent ability to eliminate microbial threats and not yield towards resistance.

Pure chlorine dioxide (pure ClO2) is best understood for its markedly versatile properties to both disinfect surfaces and also deodorize the surrounding atmosphere. Each molecule of pure chlorine dioxide is 2.5 times better at killing common superbugs, such as MRSA, than other commonly grandfathered products such as chlorine bleach, ozone, and peroxide. Pure chlorine dioxide is a super biocide for the superbug! For other ways to reduce infection in your hospital, check out the methods below:

For more information in relation to superbugs, please see quick facts below: 

Urge visitors to wash their hands before coming in contact with patients; always urge staff to wash their hands often and always while going between patients.

  1. Also, urge visitors to avoid coming to the hospital if they are sick. This is one of the top ways these bugs find their way into the hospital.
  2. Avoid overuse of antibiotics with patients.
  3. Always make sure everything in a patient’s room is not only cleaned, but disinfected.
  4. Make sure to disinfect equipment before using it from patient to patient. This is a common way of infectious diseases