Hospitals are looking to reduce their healthcare-associated infection rates

Hospitals are looking to reduce their healthcare-associated infection rates. In no specific order, GlobalData profiles the top ten disinfection solutions available.

Hospital, May 15, 2012

According to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) kill more people each year globally than car accidents, breast cancer or Aids, and cost the US healthcare system an estimated $30bn-$45bn each year. HAIs can develop more than 48-72 hours after patient admission and up to ten days after hospital discharge, and hospitals, community clinics, nursing homes and centers handling outpatient surgery, dialysis and rehabilitation are all possible breeding grounds for multiple drug-resistant microbes.

While government initiatives such as awareness programs and discharge surveys are helpful in combating HAIs, in the US, the Department of Health and Human Services announced the Partnership for Patients initiative to reduce HAIs.

Along with such initiatives and strong reporting systems like the National Nosocomial Infections Surveillance System and National Hospital Discharge Survey, it is also mandatory for US healthcare settings to improve the standards of sterilization and disinfection in their facilities. Chemical sterilants and disinfectants are the most important defense against HAIs.