How To Prevent Healthcare Acquired Infections – ISSA Video
Hospitals and other medical facilities face a seemingly constant battle against healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs). These are infections that come either from the health care itself, from caregivers, or from tubes that enter the body. One of the main contributors to the spread of germs is hard surfaces. Beatrix Babcock from the HCI Consulting Group stated that “At least 12% of all hospital infections are caused by hard surfaces” (Babcock www.issa.com ).
A typical example of an infection that can be spread through a hard surface is Clostridium difficile or C. Diff which exists all around us. It’s in the air, water, soil, and in the feces of humans and animals. Many people have the bacteria in their intestines and never have any symptoms. The bacteria is often spread in health care facilities, like hospitals or nursing homes, where workers are more likely to come into contact with it, and then with patients or residents. One of the most common ways to come in contact of C. Diff occurs when a toilet is flushed and sprays C. Diff out on to a person’s clothing or shoes, and then the person transfers it to other areas.
The best way for house cleaners or hospital cleaners to prevent this transfer from occurring is they need to be trained, there have to be written procedures, there has to be cleaning frequencies, and they need to use the right disinfectant. All of these are useful steps in preventing the spread of HAIs.
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