TORONTO, March 27, 2019 /CNW/ - NYSE: CLX, NYSE: CLX.B - When it comes to fighting hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), the efficiency and efficacy of ready-to-use disinfectants is unparalleled. Lower priced dilutables may be attractive but research has shown1 that price tag could bear a higher cost when it comes to cross-contamination, quality control issues and low compliance.
Ready-to-use products like Clorox Healthcare® Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectant Wipes offer a consistent approach to combatting HAIs.
"In Spring, the hectic flu season may be behind us but the germs still stick around on surfaces," explains Barley Chironda, Infection Control Specialist at Clorox Professional. "You need to ensure you're using effective products and ready-to-use products are a sure way of knowing you have the right concentration – you're eliminating the chances of error."
Using products that have consistent dilution is vital, as human error can lead to quality control issues1. Those errors can have serious consequences, not just financial but fatal repercussions as well.
According to a report by Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, more than 200,000 patients get infections every year while receiving healthcare in Canada, and more than 8,000 die as a result.2 Treatment has proven to be more costly than prevention, totalling an estimated $129 million in 2010 alone.3
"Hospitals and health care facilities are high-risk areas," says Chironda. "It's is important to ensure a safe patient environment."
And the ability to save time, avoid cross-contamination, and ensure disinfectants are the proper saturation and concentration every time helps to offset the growing threat of HAIs, an issue the environmental service, administrative team and clinical teams can't afford to overlook.
While ready-to-use wipes like Clorox Healthcare® Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectant Wipes can be disposed of safely after use, reusable cotton and microfiber towels used alongside dilutables provide a safe-haven for microorganisms to linger4.
Ready-to-use has also proven more time-efficient. A study1 found environmental services staff and employees spent 21 per cent less time per patient room when utilizing ready-to-use products, cost savings that equated to $38.58 per employee per day.
It adds up, says Chironda.
"I often hear cost as a barrier to implementing ready-to-use products in hospitals," he says. "But both personal experience and studies have shown that the benefits of guaranteed concentration, improved safety, and ease of use, is well worth the cost."
1. Wiemken, T. L. et al. The Value of Ready-to-Use Disinfectant Wipes: Compliance, Employee Time, and Costs. Am. J. Infect. Control 2014, 42, 329–330.
2. Government of Canada. The Chief Public Health Officer's Report on the State of Public Health in Canada 2013 – Healthcare-associated infections – Due diligence. 2013. https://bit.ly/2AVgHs4. Accessed September 28, 2018.
3. Canadian Patient Safety Institute. Healthcare-Associated Infections. https://bit.ly/2ecb77j.
4. Sifuentes, L. Y. et al. Microbial Contamination of Hospital Reusable Cleaning Towels. Am. J. Infect. Control. 2013, 41, 912–915
SOURCE Clorox Professional Products Canada