Safety in long-term care facilities must include effective disinfection and we can help you achieve that lifesaving goal.
The Halo Disinfection system kills C. diff, MRSA and other life-threatening pathogens all at the touch of a button.
Clostridium difficile was first described in 1935, around the time many of the people who are now in long-term care facilities were born. Today, C. diff is the No. 1 cause of acute infectious diarrhea in nursing homes, with symptoms that range from watery diarrhea to colitis that can be life threatening.
In fact, 29,000 people died in 2011 within 30 days of being diagnosed with C. diff, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People who are old and frail are at greatest risk, with patients in nursing homes accounting for more than 100,000 of the 500,000 cases reported.
“C. difficile infections cause immense suffering and death for thousands of Americans each year,” said Dr. Tom Frieden, CDC director, in a statement.
C.diff. is an especially tough nut to crack. The pathogen produces spores that are exceptionally resistant to drying and heat, which means they can survive for months in the environment.
In long-term care facilities, where residents often share rooms, toilets and showers, the threat of spreading C. diff is high because the spores may be located on surfaces frequently touched by the residents, such as toilet seats, grab bars, bed rails and doorknobs.
Patients in hospital ACE units (Acute Care for the Elderly) also are vulnerable to healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs), including C. diff and MRSA.
Staph infections also are a significant threat. In a study of long-term care facilities in Hong Kong published in the peer-reviewed journal BMC Infectious Diseases, researchers found that 21.6 percent of residents tested positive for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA.
Manual cleaning doesn’t get rid of C. diff or MRSA. In fact, wiping down surfaces with a cloth that has been contaminated spreads pathogens to other surfaces.
More important, far more effective disinfectant technology is available—and people who are sick, old and otherwise frail deserve technology that can help prevent them from getting sicker.
The Halo Disinfection System by Sanosil International delivers hands-free, whole room surface disinfection with aerosolized hydrogen peroxide that produces at a 6-log kill rate of C. diff, MRSA and other pathogens. The fogging system takes human error out of the equation, disinfecting every surface in the room, from top to bottom.
People in long-term care facilities need the best care to be as healthy as possible. That includes the best method of disinfection.
Won’t you contact us today to find out how you can add this life saving technology to your facility’s disinfection protocols?
Every life is precious. Don’t wait.