Our innovative scrubs receiving final touches in production.
When you are admitted to a hospital, you have an expectation that when you arrive ill, you will leave healthy. It’s the unwritten contract between the acute care facility and the general public: We will do whatever is in our power to cure what ails you. Unfortunately, many are treated at facilities that make them sicker.
Antibiotic-Resistant Super Bugs Prevalent in Hospitals
While Ebola has commanded the headlines lately, causing a great amount of fear and panic, its more likely that you will get sick from an healthcare-associated infection (HAI). Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) cause serious problems for hospitals resulting in millions spent on legal action, treatment for the infection and negative public perception.
In fact, Consumer Reports hospital ratings report awarded their highest overall infection prevention rating to only 355 hospitals nationwide. That means only 355 hospitals out of the thousands across the country have a top rating for preventing infection. An even smaller number of hospitals - only 37 - reported zero incidents of infections that are measured by Consumer Reports.
According to a survey by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “about 1 in 25 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection. There were an estimated 722,000 HAIs in U.S acute care hospitals in 2011. About 75,000 hospital patients with HAIs died during their hospitalizations.” Among many other illnesses such as pneumonia, antibiotic-resistant super bugs like C. Diff and MRSA are to blame.
Dress to Make a Difference: Raising the Standard for Patient Care
For hospitals concerned with maintaining a high standard of care, HAIs are particularly troublesome. Preventative measures such as hand-washing have proven effective in stopping the spread of infection, but ensuring that health care practitioners comply can be challenging.
Taking a closer look at what spreads infections may reveal some interesting culprits. Soft surfaces such as scrubs and privacy curtains could tell an interesting story. How often are privacy curtains laundered and disinfected? Are doctors and nurses wearing scrubs to lunch and risking introducing infection when they return to the hospital? Are they picking up stains throughout the day and spreading them to patients?
Innovations in soft surfaces such as scrubs are long overdue. An aggressive and thoughtful plan to reduce HAIs should include a focus on soft surfaces.
Do you think scrubs are an important part of infection prevention? Would you wear an antimicrobial scrub if it could reduce the spread of infection? Tell me in the comments!...