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Steris acquisition bolsters DebMed's integrated hand hygiene compliance and skin care programme
DebMed's recent acquisition of Steris hand hygiene and surface disinfectants (AIC) is allowing the company to introduce its full array of hand hygiene and skin care innovation to the US hospitals, partnering with them to help staff achieve the highest standards of hand hygiene behaviour.
This acquisition comes as the global infection control market is expected to reach $17.78 billion by 2021, according to a recent Research & Markets report, 'Infection Control Market by Disinfection Products, Sterilization Products, End User - Global Forecast to 2021'.
The report found that demand is primarily driven by growth in the number of surgical procedures, growing aging population, and rising incidents of hospital-associated infections. A lack of hand hygiene compliance by healthcare staff continues to be a significant contributor to the spread of pathogens, resulting in HAIs and affecting hospital reputation and the risk of financial penalties.
"The addition of Steris's hand hygiene and disinfectant portfolio enables DebMed to offer an integrated hand hygiene compliance and skin care programme formulated specifically for the healthcare industry," says DebMed president Didier Bouton. "It also keeps pace with a growing demand for infection control solutions and helps the US healthcare industry meet hand hygiene and infection prevention standards and guidelines."
Together the two companies offer more than a century of professional hand hygiene experience and can now provide a solution comprised of:
* Essential products for hand hygiene, patient skin antisepsis and hard surface disinfectants;
* Reliable vital information provided via electronic hand hygiene compliance data delivered in real time; and
* Best practice tools and resources based on the highest standards of behavior, including experienced field-based support staff.
DebMed's integrated hand hygiene compliance and skin care programme, now enhanced by the introduction of Steris's hand hygiene and disinfectant portfolio, is customised to each healthcare environment and proven to increase hand hygiene compliance and significantly reduce HAIs by 42%.
Additionally, the condition of healthcare staff hands can be a significant barrier to hand hygiene compliance with 1-in-7 US hospital staff members suffering from dermatitis, according to 'Prevalence of Dermatitis in the Working Population, United States', a 2010 National Health Interview Survey by the American Journal of Industrial Medicine.
DebMed's essential hand hygiene and skin care products, including triclosan-alternative products, are developed specifically for healthcare and safe for frequent use to improve the skin health of hospital staff.
5th January 2017