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Infection Control News

The most recent statistics from the CDC reported 722,000 HAIs in the US in 2001 with an alarming 205 associated deaths per day. In response, insurers are turning to reduced payments to providers for HAI care. All of this has healthcare providers and hospitals looking for innovative ways to battle and destroy the bacteria and viruses that cause acute illness and death in patients admitted to healthcare facilities.

Infectious disease control has long been a critical focus for patient care protocols. CDC guidelines address all manner of transmission, including hand hygiene, disinfection and sterilization in healthcare facilities, isolation precautions, healthcare worker occupational hazards, and containment of bloodborne pathogens. Still, contaminations persist and more aggressive, treatment-resistant bacteria and viruses are on the rise.

Healthcare facility managers are widening the net to use technology and new product developments to inhibit or eliminate dangerous pathogens throughout treatment spaces, on medical equipment and in building systems.

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Recently ICT has invested in a new Surface and Room space disinfection device called Steramist™. This product was developed by the U.S. Department of Defense to neutralize the most difficult pathogens including Clostridium Difficile (C.Diff). ICT offers contract terminal cleaning services of operating room, disinfection of biosafety laboratories, pharmacies and other environmentally controlled built environments.

Effective Building Finishes and Maintenance Product

Healthcare facility cleaning and decontamination is of course paramount to infection control, but so too are the surfaces being cleaned and the products being used. The true effectiveness and then long-term efficacy of antimicrobial materials and products can impact potential contamination levels.

Antimicrobial Metals for High-Touch Surfaces

The use of proven antimicrobial metals for high-touch surfaces, such as door, cabinet and plumbing hardware, bed rails and grab bars, can significantly reduce microbial growth. Copper is one of the best performing such metals, but is a high cost option. Copper alloys including brass and bronze are effective alternatives.

Antimicrobial Metals Protecting Non-Metallic Surfaces

New technologies and manufacturing innovations have allowed companies to bring the benefits of antimicrobial metals to non-metallic surfaces throughout the healthcare facility. Copper oxide, silver and silver ions add proven antimicrobial protections to countertops, wall panels, furnishings, railings, and even curtains, scrubs and bed linens.

Antimicrobial Coating Advancements

The recent development of antimicrobial coatings that have the power not only to inhibit the growth of common microbes but actually to kill bacteria is a major breakthrough for the healthcare industry. Ask ICT about BioShield 75, a powerful spray-on biostatic surface protectant.

Automated Linen and Trash Removal Systems

Pneumatic tube soiled linen and trash removal systems substantially decrease health care workers’ exposure to dangerous pathogens. These contained, systematic processes also create fewer facility cross-contamination points than traditional cart collection methods.

Infection Control Technologies, (ICT) a division of Insurance Restoration Specialists, Inc. (IRS) is one of the nation’s leading Building Hygiene contractors. ICT provides Facility Hygiene Services and Emergency Decontamination for some of the nation’s most respected real estate and Risk Management Professionals, Health Care, Municipalities, Institutions, Food Safety, Transportation, and government organizations.