When it comes to combatting hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), lines of defense fall into three areas: Environment. Caregiver. Patient. Within each, there are multiple ways microbes can invade and cause infections. Through surgical incisions, urinary or central venous catheters, and respiratory tubes. By touch or contact with contaminated surfaces.

Wherever the source of transmission, we’re there with solutions grounded in best practice to help you fight and prevent HAIs. From techniques and products that reinforce protocols to education and resources that promote behavior change, we help you standardize practice and improve patient care.

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Make best practices for CAUTI reduction second nature with our evidence-based care bundles and patented One Layer IUC Tray. Hospitals using our IUC bundle have decreased CAUTI by an average of 84% since 20101.

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Every line access, every dressing change is an opportunity for microbes to invade the patient’s body. Eliminate variance and standardize best practices with our customizable dressing change systems and line access kits.

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Nearly 2% of surgical patients get an infection3.Prevention is possible, but only when best practices are consistently used4.Our anti-infection resources address each step in the surgical experience to help lower the risk of SSIs and improve patient safety.

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Hand hygiene

The dirty truth: Healthcare workers clean their hands less than half the number of times they should 2. Drive compliance with our automatic monitoring systems and instant hand sanitizers, soaps and surgical hand scrubs.

Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia (HAP)

Because the 20 billion microbes in our mouth replicate every 4 to 6 hours, reducing oral microbes is crucial to HAP prevention. Promote oral care compliance with oral care kits and products for all levels of care6.

Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia (VAP)

Oral secretions leaking past the endotracheal tube (ETT) is a primary cause of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) 5. IntelliCuff® continuously monitors and automatically adjusts cuffed ETTs, helping reduce VAP.

Citations

1 Internal data. Report available upon request.
2 Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/handhygiene/ Accessed June 22, 2016.
3 Surgical Site Infection (SS) Event. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/PDFs/pscmanual/9pscssicurrent.pdf. Accessed February 14, 2017.
4 Zimlichman E, Henderson D, Tamir Orly, et al. Healthcare-Associated Infections: A Meta-Analysis of Costs and Financial Impact on the U.S. Healthcare System. JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(22):2039-2046. Available at http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/1733452. Accessed February 20, 2017.
5 Hamilton VA, Grap MJ. The Role of the Endotracheal Tube Cuff in Microaspiration. Heart & Lung : The Journal of Critical Care. 2012;41(2):10.1016/j.hrtlng.2011.09.001. Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3828744/ Accessed June 22, 2016.
6 Barbara Quinn, MSN, CNS, RN, and Dian Baker, PhD, APRN-BC, PNP. Using oral care to prevent non-ventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia. Available at: https://americannursetoday.com/using-oral-care-prevent-nonventilator-hospital-acquired-pneumonia/ Accessed June 22, 2016.

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