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MRSA Infections Can Be Reduced by up to 90% Through Effective Environmental Sanitization and Hospital Screening
September 16, 2014  | 

Harrisburg, NC — In recent years, the serious risks posed by MRSA infections make advanced sanitization technology and hygiene methods essential to protecting public health. Clearstream, LLC maintains that these infections can be reduced through sophisticated application protocols and advanced long-term static antimicrobial technologies.

According to a previous study, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian Hospital was able to reduce MRSA by 90% in the medical ICU’s (1) – a result which Clearstream officials say can be mirrored in hospitals nationwide by standardizing not only the use of antimicrobial technologies designed to provide long-term environmental protection, but additionally by screening incoming patients and visitors for MRSA and other contagious illnesses as a critical method of isolating high-risks and allowing for the proper care and monitoring once a patient is admitted. Combining the two works to provide a synergistic approach in the reduction of infectious disease, per Clearstream CEO Jim Praechtl, who, in addition to the above, suggests the following tips towards preserving the cleanliness and integrity of healthcare facilities:

  • Hygiene is first and foremost the single greatest game changer in fighting bacterial and viral infections. Simple but thorough hand washing by doctors, nurses, lab techs and other healthcare professionals is a must. Patients should have their hands cleaned more often, as well. This concept should be mandated for visitors to hospitals, too.  
  • Cleaning, disinfection and sanitization protocols need to be readdressed, modified and revamped to assure greater compliance from the responsible parties. This needs to be enforced in all aspects of the healthcare setting from lobbies, waiting rooms, treatment rooms, testing and diagnostic spaces, administrative, emergency, surgical, post-operative, intensive care, nursing stations, etc.

Just taking patient rooms into account, Praechtl says that current cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing protocols are typically carried out only upon the discharging of the patient and prior to a new admission moving in. Once the patient is in the room there are only cursory sanitizing procedures that are performed on and around a patient’s lavatory fixtures. That leaves every other contact surface beginning with the entry door and moving throughout the patient’s room unaddressed during that patients stay. One of the reasons disinfection is avoided during the patient’s stay is to ensure that potentially harmful chemicals or VOC’s are not released into the patient’s space which is understandable.  However, that leaves the at-risk surfaces or high-touch surfaces like doors, handles, monitoring equipment, call buttons, bed rails, tray tables, bedside tables, stationary furnishings, walls, door frames, computer touch screens, etc. unprotected. Continue>

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