While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that significant progress has been made in preventing some types of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), the agency points out that approximately one in 25 hospital patients has at least one HAI on any given day. According to the CDC, about 75,000 patients with HAIs died during their hospitalizations in 2011, and more than half of all HAIs occurred outside of the intensive care unit.1
Studies have shown that hospital surfaces are often contaminated with microbes known to cause HAIs, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus spp. (VRE), Clostridium difficile, Acinetobacter spp. and norovirus. Researchers have found that admission to a room contaminated with a pathogen increases a patient’s likelihood of acquiring it and suggest improved room cleaning and disinfection could reduce the risk of HAIs.2, 3
As more healthcare organizations deploy mobile processing units to kill surface microorganisms and pathogens, HPN explores how to choose, use and better understand today’s no-touch disinfection systems.