Infection Control Numbers to Hit $22.58 Billion Globally by 2022 Say Forecasts
August 10, 2017

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Seniors and Superbugs: The Relationship is Deep New Data Reveals

For anyone who has ever spent a night in a crowded hospital emergency room, sitting in that plastic seat surrounded by the sick, huddled and coughing masses, you already know the mind quickly turns to infection prevention. The irony that you may receive an illness or hospital acquired infection (HAI), is likely not lost on the common patient.

While you can chalk this up to a professional hazard for medical staff, patients are an altogether different story. One that involves a lawyer, exposing hospitals to hundreds of millions in liability and patients to untold varieties of HAIs. The risks are even more prevalent in senior patients, a new University of Michigan study reveals. According to results, approximately one quarter (24.1%) of seniors leave hospitals with Multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs).

The issue lies in increased contact between healthcare workers, the environment and patients in post-acute environments. The risk of superbug transmission in the elderly, besides the obvious immune deficiencies of aging, is higher since seniors are generally more mobile outside of their rooms for rehab, group dining and recreational activities. This raises the risk of exposure to surfaces , other patients as well as hospital staff.

Fortunately the market has responded with a variety of solutions which are effective in combating the spread and transmission of HAIs. Some with minimal effects, such as optimized hand hygiene practices which can reduce the threat by 20%-40%. Other, more progressive solutions such as advanced cleaning solvents or the SolarisLyt Bot, can impact the spread of HAIs by upwards of 80%.