Hospital staff, using a variety of chemicals, cleaning protocols as well as ultraviolet or ozone sterilization methods, can now perform advanced cleaning of facility rooms and leave the area virtually germ free.
However, if the next person that enters the room is infected with a contagious disease, the cleaning process must start all over. The room has become reinfected and there are budget constraints that limit the manpower needed to provide constant infection control.
Constant infection control needs to be implemented to prevent “unknowingly” contaminating hospitals rooms as well as patients.
This situation was made clear recently in Detroit, Mi. The news article that carried the title listed above explained the situation like this:
“Health officials say a Detroit hospital employee has been diagnosed with tuberculosis and unknowingly put hundreds of patients at four Detroit medical facilities at risk.”The healthcare worker, who unknowingly was ill with TB at the time, worked in multiple hospitals in the Detroit area, and was in contact with about 560 patients that received dental care between Aug. 1, 2013 to Dec. 17, 2013, the state Department of Community Health says.”
You can read the whole article here: Hundreds exposed to Detroit hospital worker diagnosed with tuberculosis | MLive.com.
Ongoing infection control must become the norm in order to battle the growing problem of “superbugs” that are causing Hospital Acquired Infections. We recently reported on a dental office that installed one of our in-ceiling ultraviolet airborne purification systems to assure their staff as well as their patients are breathing germ free air ALL THE TIME and not just when infectious control staff is available.
Here’s a video to understand how 24/7 airborne disease protection works: Arcalux HRMS
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