Patients go to the hospital when they’re sick; they don’t go to the hospital toget sick. It’s the responsibility of the hospital to maintain a safe environment for patients, but unfortunately, some pathogens continue to lurk on surfaces, posing a risk to patients and the hospital’s reputation and finances. These pathogens contribute to hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) and many hospital systems are strategizing the best way to combat the ever- growing risk they pose.
Unfortunately, HAIs are more common than hospital systems may realize. An average of 75,000 people die each year in the U.S. alone from HAIs. Any bacteria, virus or fungi can cause an HAI, making the business case for re-examining your cleaning protocols. Some hospitals have implemented evidence-based approaches to not only methodically address the threat of HAIs in a hospital system but to ensure that infection rates are significantly reduced. In turn, these hospitals save up to $45,000 per infection prevented.Read on to learn about how one of the world’s leading environmental services companies has developed a scientific, outcomes-based, infection prevention program dedicated to helping hospitals and health systems mitigate HAIs