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Study reveals remarkable hospital-wide reduction in c.diff hospital acquired infections
In a study on the prevention of hospital-acquired infections, Southern California Hospital at Culver City (SCH) significantly reduced HAIs using an innovative UV-C room and surface disinfection service from Clean Sweep Group (CSGI).
The study, published in the December 2015 issue of the American Journal of Infection Prevention, showed CSGI's contracted service reduced the facility-wide HAI incidence rate by over 34%, including a 46% reduction in the rate hospital-acquired Clostridium difficile.
"For the duration of the study, CSGI's service was responsible for maintaining the environmental hygiene intervention, including UV-C technology, implementation protocols, and technicians," said the primary author and SCH's Infection Prevention Director during the study, Nathanael A. Napolitano, MPH.
Leo Williams, CSGI's CEO, commented: "Our services and process helped SCH save lives and reduce cost associated with reducing HAI's. The hospital achieved an ROI within two months of implementing our advanced disinfection process, education protocols and technology."
Mark House, CSGI's EVP of operations stated: "Most hospitals are faced with the challenges of disinfecting enough rooms, rapid room turnover, spending capital funds on emitters with no specific implementation strategies, no knowledge of emitter capabilities, no accountability systems, weak safety features and limited disinfection knowledge by emitter operators. All of these things lead to an ineffective UV programme. CSGI removes all of these issues."
Cody Haag, CSGI's VP of research development, said: "At the point-of-use, Infection Prevention Technologies' UV-C emitters have an advantage over manual cleaning by providing a consistent disinfection result; however there is vast variability in the implementation strategy of these technologies -- hundreds of hospitals are utilising some form of automated disinfection technology and few are reporting HAI rate reductions.
"Using evidence-based practices identified in epidemiology literature, CSGI operationalised the strategic deployment of UV-C disinfection technology. This allows our technicians to more frequently disinfect critical pathogen transmission points in a hospital with unprecedented accountability during the process."
Image: CSGI technician prepares OR for disinfection
17th December 2015