What are HAIs?

Hospital Disinfecting Becoming Largest Liability Issue because of HAIs

Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) — also known as a nosocomial infection — is an infection that is contracted from the environment or staff of a healthcare facility.

  • More than 2 million HAIs recorded in the US each year
  • 40% caused by contact with surfaces and transmitted from room to room
  • $45 Billion paid for out of the hospital’s operating profits – Not Insurance Reimbursable
  • Affordable Care Act penalizing underperforming Hospitals with significant reductions in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements
  • 3 out of 100 surgical patients readmitted with infections costing $10,500 to $22,500 per case
  • 24% of professional liability costs for hospitals were directly caused by HAIs in 2014
  • New Disinfecting Tracking being required for Nursing Care and Assisted Living Facilities because of this issue

What’s Causing This Problem? Status Quo Disinfecting

  • Germs are becoming resistant to ‘old school’ cleaning methods
  • Facilities continue to use harmful and toxic cleaners – such as bleach and peroxide – to reduce HAI Pathogens that include bleach and peroxide
  • Protocols for cleaning and disinfecting are not stringent enough to track validity and consistency of cleaning solutions
  • Facilities continuing to use manual reporting for efficiency and productivity of staff
  • Current alternative solutions such as UV light are expensive and do not provide the coverage and ability to disinfect hospital-wide because they are only ‘line of sight’
  • Most products available only address one part of the problem