Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI’s) are a major issue affecting patient outcomes and resulting in detrimental healthcare costs. The Centers for Disease Control reports that in the US an estimated 5-10% of hospitalized patients contract HAI’s. 

As many as 2 million infections and 100,000 deaths per year occur, making this the #1 cause of death in the US ahead of all other major illnesses, including HIV/AIDS and breast cancer COMBINED! 

HAI’s impact on the quality of care – increasing the length of stay by up to 5 times and costing as much as $45 BILLION to the US economy. Per case, the treatment costs range from 15,000 to 45,000 dollars! 

Hospitals already utilize many methods and protocols to tackle this issue, however, infections persist and more can be done in this fight.  The deployment of Antimicrobial Surfaces in the patient care environment is a powerful addition to fight infections. 

Terminal cleaning, after patient discharge, can effectively debulk beds of contagious bacteria, but once a patient is back in the room, bed surfaces quickly return to pre-cleaning levels.

Sources from recent Bed Techs posts:

  • Antibiotic-Resistant Infection Costs have doubled since 2002.1
  • Beds are the most contaminated surface in hospital room.2-10
  • Admission to a room previously occupied by an infected patient significantly increases the odds of acquiring that infection.11-14
  • Studies show hospital beds are not always cleaned adequately.15-18


"Infections acquired in health-care settings (HAIs) are the most frequent adverse event in health-care delivery worldwide"
World Health Organization (WHO)

While cleaning and disinfecting can reduce bed-rail bioburden, with patient back in bed, bacteria levels increase quickly to pre-disinfecting levels.
Studies show parents in hospital rooms where previous patient had an MDRO are at greater risk of acquiring the same infection--indicating that hospital rooms are not being cleaned as well as intended.
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Sources from recent Bed Techs posts:

  • Health Affairs Pharmaceuticals & Medical Technology 37:4 April 2018. Antibiotic-Resistant Infection Treatment Costs Have Doubled Since 2002, Now Exceeding $2 Billion Annually Kenneth E. Thorpe, Peter Joski, and Kenton J. Johnston
  1. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology Volume 38Issue 12  December 2017 , pp. 1487-1492 Identification of Clostridium difficile Reservoirs in The Patient Environment and Efficacy of Aerial Hydrogen Peroxide Decontamination.Samuel Yui (a1), Shanom Ali (a1), Monika Muzslay, Annette Jeanes and A. Peter R. Wilson
  2. Journal of Hospital Infection. 2008; May;69 (1): 8-23. The contribution of beds to healthcare- associated infection: the importance of adequate decontamination. Creamer E, Humphreys H.
  3. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2013 May;34(5):500-6. doi: 10.1086/670219.The type, level, and distribution of  microorganisms within the ward environment: a zonal analysis of an intensive care unit and a gastrointestinal surgical ward.Moore G1, Muzslay MWilson AP.
  4. Am J Infect Control.2012 Dec;40(10):907-12. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2011.11.019. Epub 2012 Feb 22.Intrinsic bacterial burden associated with intensive care unit hospital beds: effects of disinfection on population recovery and mitigation of potential infection risk.Attaway HH 3rd1, Fairey SSteed LLSalgado CDMichels HTSchmidt MG.
  5. Journal of Hospital Infection 80 (2012) 192e198Effect of surface coating and finish upon the cleanability of bed rails and the spread of Staphylococcus aureus S. Ali, G. Moore*, A.P.R. Wilson.
  6. Journal of Hospital Infection 90 (2015) 220e225Hand-touch contact assessment of high-touch and mutual-touch surfaces among healthcare workers, patients, and visitors V.C.C. Cheng, P.H. Chau, W.M. Lee, S.K.Y. Ho, D.W.Y. Lee b, S.Y.C. So a, S.C.Y. Wong a, J.W.M. Tai, K.Y. Yuen
  7. American Journal of Infection Control 44 (2016) 203-9Copper surfaces are associated with significantly lower concentrations of bacteria on selected surfaces within a pediatric intensive care unit Michael G. Schmidt PhD,Bettina von Dessauer MD, Carmen Benavente MD, Dona Benadof MD, Paulina Cifuentes RN, Alicia Elgueta RN, Claudia Duran MS, Maria S. Navarrete MD, MPH
  8. 409. Dancer SJ, Coyne M, Speekenbrink A, Samavedam S, Kennedy J, Wallace PGM. MRSA acquisition in an intensive care unit. American Journal of Infection Control. 2006;34(1):10-7408.
  9. Schmidt MG, Attaway HH, Sharpe PA, John J, Sepkowitz KA, Morgan A, et al. Sustained Reduction of Microbial Burden on Common Hospital Surfaces through Introduction of Copper. Journal of Clinical Microbiology. 2012;50(7):2217-23.
  10. ARCH INTERN MED/VOL 166, OCT 9, 2006 Risk of Acquiring Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria From Prior Room Occupants Susan S. Huang, MD, MPH; Rupak Datta, BS; Richard Platt, MD, MS
  11. JAMA Internal Medicine December 2016 Volume 176, Number 12Receipt of Antibiotics in Hospitalized Patients and Risk for Clostridium difficile Infection in Subsequent Patients Who Occupy the Same Bed Daniel E. Freedberg, MD, MS; Hojjat Salmasian, MD, PhD; Bevin Cohen, MPH; Julian A. Abrams, MD, MS; Elaine L. Larson, RN, PhD
  12. J Hosp Infect. 2015 Nov;91(3):211-7 Risk of organism acquisition from prior room occupants: a systematic review and meta-analysis.Mitchell BGDancer SJAnderson MDehn E.
  13. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology Volume 34Issue 5 (Special Topic Issue: The Role of the Environment in Infection Prevention)May 2013 , pp. 453-458. Risk of Acquiring Extended-Spectrum β-Lactamase–Producing KlebsiellaSpecies and Escherichia coli from Prior Room Occupants in the Intensive Care UnitAdebola O. Ajao,J. Kristie Johnson, Anthony D. Harris, Min Zhan,Jessina C. McGregor,Kerri A. Thom, Jon P. Furuno
  14. American Journal of Infection Control June 2010Role of hospital surfaces in the transmission of emerging health care- associated pathogens: Norovirus, Clostridium difficile, and Acinetobacter speciesDavid J. Weber, MD, MPH,a,b William A. Rutala, PhD, MPH,a,b Melissa B. Miller, PhD,c,d Kirk Huslage, RN, BSN, MSPH,b and Emily Sickbert-Bennett, MSb
  15. Annals of Internal Medicine 2015 Oct 20;163(8):598-607 ·Cleaning Hospital Room Surfaces to Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections: A Technical Brief Article Han JHSullivan NLeas BFPegues DAKaczmarek JLUmscheid CA.
  16. Infection control and hospital epidemiology may 2013, vol. 34, no. 5Understanding and Preventing Transmission of Healthcare-Associated Pathogens Due to the Contaminated Hospital EnvironmentDavid J. Weber,William A. Rutala
  17. Healthcare infectionVolume 18, Issue 1, March 2013, Pages 14-22. Role of the hospital environment in disease transmission, with a focus on Clostridium difficile.William A.RutalaPhD, David J.WeberMD.

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