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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).
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:
SMS Healthcare routinely tests critical touch points in patient rooms, surgical areas and common spaces for effective cleaning processes.
If you're not pleased with your CTP Challenge results, or you're dissatisfied with your hospital's patient satisfaction or HCAHPS scores, then maybe it's time to contact SMS.
Download and print the CTP Challenge worksheet.
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Squeeze a small amount of the glow gel enclosed in your package onto a cotton swap or tongue depressor.
Prior to an area being cleaned by EVS, apply glow gel to at least five CTPs listed on the worksheet.
After the area is cleaned by EVS, use the UVA LED light to check for the presence of glow gel in areas you marked. Mark the results on your checklist.