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More Than 1 in 3 Americans Affected by HAIs

Over one third of Americans have, or know someone who has acquired an infection after being exposed to germs during a hospital stay.

And nearly two thirds of Americans do not think they are better protected from germs in hospitals than in their private lives, according to a recent survey from Harris Interactive on behalf of Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP).

Other survey findings revealed that:

  • Nearly 99 percent of Americans understand the relationship between cleanliness of patient rooms and the spread of infections in hospitals.
  • Three-fourths of Americans consider it more important to choose a hospital based on lower infection rates than on convenience in a non-emergency situation.
  • Almost 95 percent of Americans prefer a hospital that uses the latest technology available for preventing the spread of infection.

Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are affecting people's perceptions of the safety of healthcare facilities, and new technologies are needed to help protect patients from hospital germs, say research officials. These germs include superbugs such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Pseudomonas aeruginosa (Pseudomonas) and E. coli, and can result in HAIs which occur in nearly 2 million patients each year, leading to extended hospital stays, additional healthcare costs and patient deaths.

Studies show that healthcare facilities can reduce the number of pathogens in the hospital environment by introducing deep cleaning and disinfection protocols to augment manual cleaning practices.

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Source: Advanced Sterilization Products, July 26, 2011


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