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Contact Precautions Minimize HAI Risk

March 23, 2016
prevent hospital-acquired infections

Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) are a significant and growing problem, afflicting hundreds of millions of patients around the world and costing hospitals billions of dollars annually.1.2 Healthcare workers, who are in constant contact with patients, are at risk for both contracting and transmitting these infections3, which can include MRSA, C. difficile and other life-threatening conditions. However, this risk can be reduced dramatically when hospital staff take simple, but essential, contact precautions.

Hand Washing and PPEs for Powerful Protection

According to CDC contact precaution guidelines, hand washing is the single, most effective way to stop the spread of dangerous pathogens.4 Unfortunately, recent studies demonstrate that as few as 39% of healthcare workers comply with even basic hand washing protocols.5 To encourage compliance, make sure workers have access to infection-fighters, like Vionex® Antimicrobial Liquid Soap from AliMed. This powerful soap makes hand washing quick, easy, and effective. It kills and inhibits growth of microorganisms and reduces exposure to hepatitis B, HIV-1, TB, and other germs. Yet, it’s gentle enough for frequent use.

The CDC also stresses the importance of personal protective equipment (PPE) in preventing infections.4 AliMed is a leader in PPEs for healthcare workers. Their comprehensive product line includes the Coverall® Disposable Face Shields which deliver large-shield, full-face protection against dangerous splashes, replacing inefficient goggles. And because they’re disposable, the shields also help prevent cross contamination. In addition, AliMed’s PPE offering includes a wide selection of coveralls, gowns, and gloves—all designed for optimum infection protection.

Learn more about the AliMed family of soaps, disinfectants and PPEs.

Quick and Easy Disinfecting Solutions

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

  • SaniGuard Sanitizes and disinfects entire rooms in just 15 minutes. Kills 99.9% of flu viruses, MRSA bacteria, and more.
  • AccelTB Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide® (AHP®) Disinfectant Wipes. Virucidal tuberculocidal, and bactericidal. Kills a wide spectrum of pathogens in one minute.
  • DisCide® ULTRA Disinfectant, the only one-step hospital-level disinfectant, clinically proven to kill in one minute. Effective against TB, HBV, HBC, MRSA, E.coli, and more.
  • PureGreen24™ disinfects hard, nonporous surfaces without bleaching. Effective against MRSA and Flu. Offers unique, 24-hour protection against staph, salmonella, and E. coli.

References

  1. http://www.who.int/gpsc/country_work/gpsc_ccisc_fact_sheet_en.pdf
  2. http://www.cdc.gov/hai/progress-report/index.html
  3. http://bmcinfectdis.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1471-2334-10-35#CR6
  4. http://infdisease.iaff.org/practices.aspx
  5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK133371/

Disclaimer

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