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A Spreading Crisis

April 20, 2016
infection control

Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) are the most common complication of hospital care in the United States, extending stays and costing hospitals billions of dollars annually. Death rates from HAIs are even more alarming. Approximately 75,000 Americans die each year from these infections, exceeding the number of deaths caused by AIDS, breast cancer, or car accidents.1, 2

In-patient hospital rooms can be ground zero for the spread of dangerous pathogens. Surfaces throughout the room may be housing any number of infection-causing agents, including MRSA and other deadly bacteria and viruses. These germs, which can remain live and infectious on surfaces for months, are easily spread when touched by a caregiver or a staff member who then touches a patient.3,4

Products That Protect

Antimicrobial and other infection-reducing products, along with rigorous cleaning, are essential for keeping in-patient rooms free of HAIs. AliMed is a leading manufacturer and distributor of infection control products and offers a wide range of solutions that help fight the spread of disease and facilitate better patient outcomes.

The AliMed Tuff-Coat™ Bed Wedge patient positioner is infused with antimicrobial ionic silver to help resist the growth of bacteria and viruses on the surface for the life of the Wedge. In addition, Sleep Defender® EZ Mattress and Pillow Encasement Liners provide 100% contaminant protection from bed bugs, liquids, stains, mildew, molds, allergens, viruses, bacteria, and dust mites. The AliMed infection control line also includes CervAlign® cervical support pillow with antimicrobial fiber filling, SaniBag™ Biodegradable Commode Liners, and Antimicrobial Grab Bars — all featuring infection control properties to help prevent cross-contamination.

Learn more about how AliMed can help safeguard in-patient rooms and every room in the hospital.

Protect and Disinfect in Patient Rooms and Beyond

AliMed’s line of disinfectants, wipes, and other cleaning products make it quick and easy to protect any environment from dangerous pathogens.

References:

  1. http://hospitalinfection.org
  2. https://www.healthdesign.org/chd/research/impact-environment-infections-healthcare-facilities
  3. http://www.hermanmiller.com/research/research-summaries/patient-rooms-a-changing-scene-of-healing.html
  4. http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/mrsa/

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