Unfortunately, when a patient acquires an infection in a healthcare facility, the costs to both the patient and the institution can be exorbitant.
Loss of life, loss of confidence, and loss of revenue are all serious consequences resulting from HAIs. The good news is that up to 70% of infections may be preventable.¹
One of the saddest situations in healthcare is when a patient becomes sick or even dies in the hospital – not due to their original aliment – but rather because of an infection that they acquired while receiving treatment. Based on numbers published by the CDC – in the U.S., nearly 300 patients die per day from healthcare-acquired infections.
Even for facilities that diligently follow protocol for hand-washing, cleaning, and sterilization – infections can still pose a serious threat. This is because with advancement in medical science, everything has become more complex: surgical devices, staff-to-patient interactions, and bacteria themselves. This complexity makes it difficult to fight infections. And while the medical field has advanced quickly, infection protection has not kept up with the times. While many infections are treated with preventative antibiotics, we believe that the best types of infection prevention are those that kill the microorganisms before they infect the patient.