During their stays in hospitals, outpatient clinics, or retirement/nursing homes, patients weakened by illness are particularly susceptible to multi-resistant bacteria such as MRSA. Such “Super Bugs” are one of the most common sources of hospital-acquired infections – and, unfortunately, a frighteningly common cause of death. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has documented 1.7 million infected people and 99,000 deaths per year in the United States. Similarly, there are 600,000 infections per year in Germany, of which 10,000 to 20,000 are fatal.
Despite professional and regularly implemented hygiene measures, there is no significant improvement of the situation worldwide. But why?
Medical facilities contain areas with very high contact frequency for hands, be it the hands of patients themselves or of the doctors, nursing staff or relatives. Such surfaces include the patient’s bed, light switches, door handles, handrails, equipment control panels and much more.
Various studies demonstrate that the number of pathogens on these contact points increases significantly over the course of a day and is only reduced after the next regular cleaning. To prevent bacteria and pathogens from multiplying unabated between cleaning cycles, plastics with an integrated hygiene function provide reliable and durable support for safe hygiene standards in the health care sector. All over the world, manufacturers of hospital equipment trust in the competence of SANITIZED AG, the pioneer in the field of hygiene function. more…