Hospital acquired infections (HAIs) are one of the leading causes of deaths in the U.S. A recent report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that one out of every 20 patients gets an infection in the hospital. Such infections burden the health care system, costing thousands of dollars every year, besides having serious medical, emotional and financial consequences.
Studies have found that better infection-control protocols can help prevent infection-related deaths in hospitals. Patients are particularly vulnerable to infections because their lower immunity due to an on-going illness or other physical condition. Risk factors for infections include internally placed medical devices such as urinary and bloodstream catheters, injections, surgical procedures, transmission of communicable diseases, and improper use of antibiotics, and an unhygienic environment. In fact, a healthcare environment that is contaminated by invisible, difficult to kill bacteria is a major cause of dangerous infections. These germs survive on hard surfaces such as counters, phones or handrails in every hospital patient room.
Disinfectants play an important role in controlling HAIs by facilitating rigorous environmental cleaning. It’s important to purchase the product that serves specific needs. The disinfectant should be used in the right manner:
- Surfaces should be cleaned before disinfecting
- Manufacturer instructions on dilution should be followed – only the right concentration will work
- Mops and cleaning cloths have to changed with solution change
- A fresh solution has to be used each time, and the remaining solution, discarded after use
- Storage instructions have to be carefully checked and followed
There are various disinfectants in the market and it’s important to purchase one that works well. A product like CaviCide is an excellent option. This ready-to-use multipurpose, disinfectant/decontaminant cleaner is ideal for use on hard, non-porous inanimate surfaces in a wide variety of healthcare environments. It destroys TB, and HBV, HCV, and HIV – in two to three minutes. It is also nontoxic and non-irritating.