More than 8.3 million Americans rely on long-term care that includes nursing homes, assisted living residences, and adult day care. These facilities play an important role caring for residents and providing medical needs. Unfortunately, these facilities are not immune to a common problem, known as healthcare acquired infections (HAIs).
The HAI Problem
HAIs have dangerous results for vulnerable patients residing in assisted living homes. It is estimated that between 1 and 3 million serious infections occur each year in American long-term care facilities. A variety of pathogens, such as viruses, bacteria, and fungi, can cause HAIs and lead to a number of illnesses including Clostridium difficile infections and antibiotic-resistant staph infections. Such illnesses can result in serious health complications and even death. Understanding and preventing these infections is a crucial task for all long-term care facilities.
The Impact of Illness
HAIs have the obvious consequence of serious illnesses for patients, families, and staff. From a business perspective, it is estimated that HAIs cost U.S. hospitals between $28 and $45 billion a year. While these statistics can seem overwhelming, there is good news. Efforts can be made to prevent HAIs and reduce the risk of infections in long-term care facilities. In fact, estimates predict that thorough infection control efforts could save about $7.7 billion a year.
Preventing Infections in Assisted Living Facilities
A number of strategies can be implemented to protect patients against different types of HAIs. One of the most important steps is to examine any processes that could lead to the transmission of bacteria, especially from patient to patient. GermLogic offers a number of products and environmental sanitation services that can quickly destroy a range of serious viruses, bacteria, and fungi, and aid facilities in the effort to prevent HAIs. Our thermal heat sanitation, antimicrobial treatment, and UVC sanitation services can destroy pathogens like MRSA and C.difficile in the air and on surfaces throughout an entire room, and do so in a way that protect against the development of 99.9 percent of common illness-causing pathogens for up to 90 days. Read more about how GermLogic can fight off infections and contact our expert team to sanitize your facility for a healthier environment.