Anti-microbial surface applications to change the landscape of healthcare

Antimicrobial products are not only a perfect complement to a facility's existing daily cleaning protocols, they are poised to alter the landscape of disinfection in acute care facilities.

They mitigate the growth of bacteria, fungi, mold and algae through physical modes of action and some are designed to remain effective on surfaces for months after initial application.

A reduction in application times results in reduced costs for hospitals, and has a positive impact on patient safety and satisfaction since disinfection with antimicrobials does not require lengthy clean times and patient displacement. Products like SD Pro contain all organic ingredients, reducing pathogens safely without harsh chemicals. SD Pro's penetrants and surface stabilizers break surface tension and create a polymer bond so that when SD Pro is applied electrostatically, the surface bond remains effective on 100% of air-exposed surfaces (not just those exposed to light) for up to 12 months.

Strides like these minimize harsh chemicals and extensive cleaning times, and have the potential to greatly impact patient safety in healthcare settings.

"We have seen a 73% decrease in HAIs as a result of our comprehensive approach to infection prevention that includes increased education on hand hygiene and equipment care, employing our systematic cleaning methods, and adding the anti-microbial surface application SD Pro to our arsenal," says Susan Gray, Director of Infection Prevention and Control, Venice Regional Bayfront Health.

Will Tolliver is an Executive Vice President with HHS, a firm that has been providing support service management solutions for healthcare facilities since 1975.

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