Many healthcare systems are falling short to reduce cross-transmission of HAIs & lower liability
Nearly 100,000 people die each year due to healthcare associated infections (HAIs) and now have grown to become the fourth (4th) leading cause of death in the United States behind heart disease, cancer, and stroke. Independent organizations committed to improving the safety and quality of patient care, e.g. Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Joint Commission (JC), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and many others recognizes the importance of effective HAI prevention. In addition the prevention of HAIs has become a major patient safety initiative, scrutinized by national and state consumer groups and heightened media and public attention.
HAIs carry a heavy financial price tag as well and is estimated at $28.4 billion in direct medical costs of preventable HAIs and through changes in payment rules the federal government is seeking to pay providers for the quality of care delivered to Medicare beneficiaries. In particular, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has implemented policies to not pay for additional hospital costs associated with HAIs, forcing healthcare systems to absorb the entire incremental cost of treating these conditions.
In recent years more evidence through white papers and case studies to show overwhelming that pathogens within a healthcare setting and environment cause the passage of infections from patient to patient. The healthcare community now accepts as fact, that pathogens in this environment cause infections. These germs are commonly found on “High Touch” surfaces like bedrails, doorknobs, tray tables, remote controls, telephones and nurse call buttons, where they are easily transmitted to the patient. These pathogens include “Staph” like MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), C. diff (Clostridium Difficile), VRE and new pathogens like MERS (Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome).
These microorganisms are increasingly antibiotic resistant, and are commonly referred to as “superbugs.” These infections typically occur when patients are placed in patient and treatment rooms where a previous occupant was infected. Extensive cleaning with mops, buckets and wipes doesn’t eliminate the germs. Some of these pathogens, like C.diff, can live up to 6 months on a hospital surface. The resulting infections from these pathogens frequently involve significant pain and suffering, and many ends in death.
Routine disinfection cleaning is necessary to ensure patient safety in every health care setting including; patient rooms, surgical suites, diagnostic testing sites, long-term care facilities (LTCF), rehabilitation centers, outpatient physician offices, and others. Every administrator understands there are human elements involved with manual cleaning & disinfection practices of environmental services (EVS) personnel, and it is not uncommon for disinfection cleaning steps to be missed.
In many instances, EVS personnel are continuously faced with pressure to clean occupied rooms and turn over terminal rooms. Coupled with the need to monitor the operational processes associated with EVS and properly train and managing the staff charged with these duties is critical in preventing transmission of HAIs
IPCE offers healthcare administrators a cost-effective, evidence-based and environmentally sound approach to high-level disinfection cleaning to eradicate harmful bacteria and reduce HAIs within your healthcare facility. We “Go beyond the Old Standards for Cleaning & Disinfection”!! By combining cutting edge technology with evidence-based approaches, our infection control plan kills up to 99.999% of pathogenic bacteria on contact to include but not limited to:
*Staphylococcus Aureus (Staph) (ATCC# 6538)
*Pseudomonas Aeruginosa (Pseudomonas) (ATCC# 15442)
*Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) (ATCC# 33592)
*Clostridium difficile spores (C. diff) (ATCC# 43598)
*Influenza A (H1N1) virus (ATCC VR-1469)
Our Infection Control Plan works as an added high-level disinfection protocol atop of your existing EVS disinfection cleaning to stop the spread of pathogens that cause HAIs. Our certified technician remains onsite to during identified peak hours to perform routine high-level disinfection of unoccupied patient rooms, surgical suites, and any other designated areas which would require high-level disinfection treatment prior to the re-entry of patient.
· Eliminate dangerous pathogens from every exposed surface.
· Lower liability & Risk associated with HAIs.
· Reduce HAI incidents & positively impact CMS non-payments.
· Improve community perception.
· Bring value & confidence that your facility is safe.
A standard patient room can be disinfected within 7-10 minutes, That’s It! Our high-level disinfection treatment does not interfere with your operations and affords you the peace-of-mind that patient care & safety has been met….
In a time where CMS is heavily measuring patient experience, IPCE certified technicians utilizes advanced technologies and patented designs manufactured by Hygiena’s Adenosine Triphosphate Testing (ATP) to evaluate & validate the effectiveness of our high-level disinfection system and ensure compliance with standardized high-level cleaning disinfection protocols are adhered to. Our system verifies that the optimal levels of cleanliness are met by identifying the CFU of microbial life that is present and a 5-log kill (99.999%) is met.