Patients who acquire infections in the hospital stay an average of 19 days longer and cost an average of $43,000 more per person.*
The literature also suggests that at least 20% and as much as 70% of HAIs are preventable, depending on the setting and type of infection.
In addition to the fundamental costs, patients are becoming more educated to the risks of HAIs and are starting to compare hospitals based on several data points such as their performance on Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) surveys.
A recent report** included recommendations for effectively reducing the occurrence of hospital acquired infections. One recommendation is the cleaning and disinfection of surfaces, including critical touch points (CTPs).
It's one thing to get rid of visible surface dirt, but it's quite another thing to know a surface is germ free. By quantitatively measuring the effectiveness of your infectious pathogen cleaning program, you can ensure that EVS is maintaining a safe, germ-free environment for hospital patients and employees.
CTP stands for critical touch point. CTPs represent areas of your hospital touched frequently by multiple people, creating conditions conducive to the spread of HAIs. Here are just a few patient room CTPs:
Take the first step to fighting hospital acquired infections. The CTP Challenge will provide you with the tools you need to quantitatively assess your infectious pathogen cleaning program.
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