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What's so scary about HAIs?

Patients who acquire infections in the hospital stay an average of 19 days longer and cost an average of $43,000 more per person.*

The literature also suggests that at least 20% and as much as 70% of HAIs are preventable, depending on the setting and type of infection.

In addition to the fundamental costs, patients are becoming more educated to the risks of HAIs and are starting to compare hospitals based on several data points such as their performance on Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) surveys.

How do we fight HAIs?

A recent report** included recommendations for effectively reducing the occurrence of hospital acquired infections. One recommendation is the cleaning and disinfection of surfaces, including Critical Touch Points (CTPs). CTPs represent areas of your hospital touched frequently by multiple people, creating conditions conducive to the spread of HAIs.

Need Assistance? Contact SMS Healthcare. at info@smsclean.com or use our contact form.

References

*According to a recent report published by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of Health & Human Services

**Published by the CDC National Center for Infections Disease and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee