Hospitals have started adding some high-tech weapons to their infection control and prevention arsenals, aiming to wage war more effectively against costly and potentially deadly healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs). HAIs are all too common, with approximately 1 in 25 patients affected at any given time, according to the CDC.
Determining which technologies to implement requires evaluating several factors ranging from current gaps in infection control, to the cost of the technology, to the impact on workflow. Technology options that are gaining traction include:
- Real-time location systems (RTLS). By integrating RTLS technology into soap or sanitizer dispensers, hospitals can monitor hand hygiene and boost compliance, one of the most critical ways of preventing the spread of infection. RTLS can also be used to reduce equipment cross-contamination, prevent soiled assets from coming into contact with patients and track infected individuals to see who they had contact with.
- Ultraviolet (UV) light. UV light – especially UV-C LEDs – kills germs and disinfects more effectively than routine cleaning.
- Data mining. The ability to identify and isolate patients with multidrug-resistant organisms or other infections can curb transmission.
- Rapid diagnostics. Tests that identify bacteria and antibiotic-resistant organisms within hours rather than days enables hospitals to act quickly to treat or prevent infection.
Find out more about how these and other emerging technologies can help your healthcare organization decrease infections, improve patient outcomes and avoid being penalized for poor performance on HAI-related quality measures.