Protecting Your Patients Against Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs)

Media coverage recently highlighted deadly outbreaks of hospital-acquired infections.  At any given moment, roughly 1.4 million people around the world are enduring nosocomial infections, better known as Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs).  Nearly 8.7% of all patients in hospitals acquired HAIs and a staggering 6% of people in England are contaminated with HAIs from hospitals.

Fortunately, reports illustrate a diminution in MRSA and C.difficile, both of which are fatal if infected.  Between the years of 2006 and 2012, the prevalence of C.difficile dropped from 2% to 0.4% and the occurrence of MRSA decreased exponentially from 1.8% to less than 0.1%.  The efforts to prevent the spread of MRSA and C.difficile are proving to be successful but traditional cleaning practices alone are not enough to prevent HAIs completely.

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Care Homes

Protecting the Vulnerable in Care Homes

Media coverage in recent years has highlighted the problem of controlling outbreaks of illness and infection such as H1N1 and MRSA in hospitals and residential care establishments.  Care Home and Nursing Home residents who are elderly may also have existing health problems which make them more vulnerable and living in close proximity with others means infections can spread quickly.

Traditional cleaning methods alone often cannot contain the spread of germs and the process of cleaning with a damp cloth can in some instances spread the bacteria rather than curtail it.  With a regular traffic of visitors, nursing staff and other residents in and out of rooms, communal bathrooms and living areas, germs, bacteria and viruses can spread quickly even on surfaces such as table tops, taps, remote controls, phones, light switches and door handles.

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Protecting Your Valued Guests

What is lurking in hotel rooms that your guests can’t see?  It’s a worrying thought for those who stay in hotels regularly and for hotel owners whose reputations rely not only on remarkable food and services, but on the promise of spotless rooms.  The truth is, with so many guests staying in rooms night after night, even the most thorough cleaning routines often can’t cope with the amount of bacteria, viruses, germs, dust mites, mould and bed bugs that are carried and transmitted daily into the hotel premises and rooms.

It was reported in The Times, Mail on Sunday, CNN and BBC recently that one of the effects of low cost travel has been a worldwide problem in beg bug infestation in hotels; including 5 star establishments.  It has also been reported that mattresses can host up to 2 million dust mites feeding on dead skin cells left behind by guests.

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Protecting Your Employees and Workplace Environment

An average desktop has 400 times more bacteria on it than the average toilet seat and there are over 10 million germs in the areas where you and your employees work and rest your hands on.  According to a recent publication by the South University of USA ‘South Source’, normal office phones have more than 25,000 germs on a surface of only 2.5 inches.  Most at risk are users of computers and keyboards commonly used by more than one person, such as Helpdesk operators and Customer Service agents.

According to Dr Charles Gerba, Microbiologist at the University of Arizona, work desks become key transfer points with more than 80% of infections transmitted through the environment.  “With people coughing and sneezing, work stations, phones and computer keyboards become a viral minefield where germs can live for up to three days.”

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Protecting Your Little Ones

There are many factors that parents consider when choosing a nursery or day care centre for their children.  High among the list is cleanliness.

It has long been established that nurseries and day care centres are prime environment for babies and children to pick up infections and viruses.  The most common germs found in these facilities include hepatitis A and rotavirus, and bacteria and parasites such as Campylobacter and Cryptosporidium.

Using the most effective disinfecting solutions in a child care environment causes unwelcome side effects such as chemical residues and unpleasant odours.  A chemical-free, proven method of disinfection such as UV-C light provides an alternative that is safe, fast and child-friendly.

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Enforcing Better Food Safety Standards in Restaurants and Catering Companies

For restaurants and catering companies, food safety regimes are of paramount importance to the health and well-being of their customers.  They are also critical to maintaining reputation and a profitable business in a highly competitive market.  Cleaning regimes used to achieve food safety often involve detergents and disinfectants to bring the grease, grime and dirt into soluble form.  This is but one of the processes to ensure food safety in a commercial kitchen.

Even with rigorous deep cleaning procedures, there is always the risk of pathogens responsible for many different strains of food poisoning remaining on surfaces, utensils and other hard to clean equipment and areas.  Michelin star restaurants and takeaways alike have suffered adversely from outbreaks of food poisoning in spite of the best practices applied in the cleanliness of their kitchens and utensils.

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