Infection Control Issues
Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) affect 2 million patients, 100,000 of whom will die in the U.S. each year. In other words, that is 1 out of every 20 patients who’ll be negatively affected by inadequate infection control in hospitals.
All Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) add $32 billion per year to our healthcare costs, averaging $15,000 in additional costs to each hospital stay.
Textiles are easily contaminated by HAIs. Lab coats, patient gowns, scrubs, cubicle curtains and bedding are breeding grounds that can spread these bacteria. With the implementation of a self-disinfecting textile as a means of infection control in hospitals, such concerns could possibly be dramatically reduced.
Cross-contamination can spread between patients, healthcare workers, visitors and the community. These types of healthcare-associated infections are of great concern. Currently Healthprotex is addressing the issue of reducing HAI’s with their self-disinfecting textiles.
HAIs are not reimbursable through Medicare therefore it’s up to the facilities themselves to address infection control in the healthcare industry as well as the prevention of hospital-acquired infections. This creates large financial burdens on healthcare facilities and adds to the high cost of healthcare.