How To Prevent Hospital Acquired Infections

How GloTran Protects Against Hospital Acquired Infections

What Are Hospital-Acquired Infections

A hospital-acquired infection (HAI) is an infection contracted by patients during their hospital stay that was not present or developing at the time of admission. The most common types of HAIs are related to invasive devices or surgical procedures that include:

Catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI): A catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) occurs when germs (usually bacteria) enter the urinary tract through the urinary catheter and cause infection.

Sepsis: Sepsis is a type of HAI that occurs most commonly after surgery, among patients with compromised immune systems, patients undergoing chemotherapy, patients with chronic health conditions, and the elderly. The National Institute of General Medical Sciences estimates that over one million Americans develop sepsis in hospitals each year. Sepsis and septic shock can result from an infection anywhere in the body.

MRSA: Per the CDC, MRSA is usually spread by direct contact with an infected wound or from contaminated hands, usually those of healthcare providers. Also, people who carry MRSA but do not have signs of infection can spread the bacteria to others [1].

CLABSI: Per the CDC, A central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) is a serious infection that occurs when germs (bacteria or viruses) enter the bloodstream through the central line [2].

How can HAIs Be Prevented?  

Per the Sepsis Alliance, HAIs can be prevented by [3]: 

  • Anyone that enters a patient’s room or touches a patient must wash their hands before and after, even when wearing gloves  
  • Patient rooms, as well as common rooms and facilities, must be properly cleaned on a regular basis
  • Medical equipment must be washed and sterilized  
  • Invasive procedures should be limited and for as short a period as possible  
  • Healthcare providers must correctly observe sterile processes when performing procedures, such as changing wound dressings and inserting urinary catheters.  
  • Patients should have well-ventilated rooms  

GloTran’s Role in Preventing HAIs 

GloTran is an automated disinfection system that utilizes hydrogen peroxide gas plasma technology to produce a dry, low temperature, and effective disinfection.   GloTran uses this method to greatly reduce HAIs caused by noninvasive, portable clinical items and non-critical equipment in healthcare. Because manual cleaning requires significant contact time and exposes hospital staff to potentially hazardous chemicals, to ensure optimal safety and effectiveness, it is not recommended to clean these items by hand.  GloTran gets the job done quickly and safely. GloTran has many advantages over other methods of disinfection due to its safe, low-temperature cleaning process and fast cycle times (20 minutes or less).  

How Does GloTran® Differ From Other Disinfection Methods?  

Quick cycle times – compared to steam disinfection and wipes and sprays, GloTran offers a disinfection rate of fewer than 20 minutes per cycle.   Disinfects hard-to-reach areas – unlike UV disinfection and traditional disinfection methods, like wipes and sprays, GloTran kills pathogens on all surfaces, crevices, “nooks & crannies”, and the areas that are difficult to wipe.  Can safely disinfect PDA’s & other electronics – suitable for disinfecting many non-critical medical items including heat-sensitive materials and electronic devices.   No post-disinfection wiping is required – there is no over-wetting or waterlogging with GloTran’s process.  Low-temperature disinfection/dry process – the treatment is dry, cool, and safe for many non-critical devices and electronics that cannot be treated with wet or high-temperature disinfection methods.  GloTran Comparison Chart

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