Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are a major problem in the present day. In addition to their underlying conditions, patients hospitalized in a medical institution are vulnerable to a number of HAIs (most commonly caused by Bacillus aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococci, and the Proteus species of bacteria). This consequently places patients at risk for more serious illnesses like pneumonia, infectious gastrointestinal diseases, and urinary tract infections in addition to postoperative wound abscesses and other inflammatory conditions. Overlapping with the underlying condition of a patient`s stay, an HAI can extend its duration and generate new problems, increase postoperative mortality and neonatal mortality, and have generally adverse effects on patient health. The number of HAI-affected patients has been estimated to reach from 10% to 70% of patients hospitalized to inpatient facilities in the Russian Federation, with 2% of cases being lethal. The carriers of such infections are often healthcare professionals themselves.
HAIs lead to huge economic damage: in the USA, it equals to about $5-10 billion annually. In the Russian Federation, the lowest estimates place this figure in the 10-15 billion ruble range. (Information provided by Professor V.G. Akimkin, Doctor of Medicine and Deputy Director of the Federal State Institution of Science "Research Institute of Desinfectology" of Rospotrebnadzor. Published at www.medicus.ru.)
According to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one third of hospital acquired infections can be prevented with the use of effective infection control programs. Furthermore, hand hygiene is recognized as the most important measure that limits the spread of infections.
Washing hands requires time, which healthcare professionals do not always have-a thorough hand washing procedure lasts a minimum of 1-2 minutes. Nurses alone need to spend an estimated 16% of their time washing their hands in order to reach 100% compliance with health standards. Even if limited access to washing hands is an important risk factor, there is a cost-prohibitive factor-sinks and water lines, which can be costly to install, are not available everywhere that they are needed in Russian health institutions. Shared soap and facilities, moreover, may be contaminated with microbes and may transmit infections.
The use of Sanitelle® products in medical institutions will help significantly reduce the risk of HAI development:
The disinfectants products of the Sanitelle® line may be used whenever and wherever you want-you do not need to wash them off or dry your hands afterward.
Alcohol is the most effective, fastest, and safest antiseptic for the skin.
Hand hygiene with ethanol based agents is an incredibly effective measure to improve the observance of hygiene rules, particularly when a skin antiseptic is publicly available and can be easily accessed.