They say that a hospital is a good place to go to get sick. How ironic, yet understandable. The hospital, in this sense, is the worst case scenario for treatment of infection in a close-quarters environment. Many of the people there are immune compromised and the perfect target for hospital acquired infections (HAIs). The rampant use of antibiotics has spawned antibiotic-resistant strains like MRSA, which are then transmitted as HAIs to these immune compromised patients, creating life-threatening situations. The demands of care on hospital staff are such that disinfection outside the surgical ward is far down the list of priorities. That is not only unfortunate but often counterproductive. Patients succumb to HAIs like MRSA, C diff, and pneumonia postoperatively, the cure provided by surgery undone by simple, deadly microbes.
The hospital is also an optimum candidate for the protective benefits provided by SafeHandles™ products. Each patient room has its shower, sink, and toilet. Almost every foot of hallway wall has handrails. Those patient showers and toilets have grab-rails. These commonly touched surfaces are ideal to be covered with SafeHandles™ products and protected thereby from microbial residence and breaking the chain and reducing the exposure of immune compromised patient to potential infection.
While your workplace, meeting place, school or residence may not be a hospital, the principles are the same. What is touched by hands is a hot-spot of infectious transmission. Cleaning those points of indirect human contact (faucet handle, toilet handle, door/drawer handle) with a strong antimicrobial solution, and then providing them with the permanent disinfectant protection of SafeHandles™ products, can reduce sick days used, meetings cancelled, workers miserable and inattentive due to low-grade symptoms. The cost of the janitorial services required (either in-house or by contract) to clean regularly and thoroughly can provide the optimum platform for the implementation of SafeHandles™ products. And that one-two punch of cleaning and disinfection can optimize the collective output of your workforce, every workday.
We have come to view cold and flu season as such an inevitability that we seldom look at the causality of specific outbreaks of illness in our environment. When person B gets sick a few days after person A, we just say, or think, “Oh, it’s going around.” But it’s not a mystic, metaphysical phenomenon. It’s germs hitchhiking whatever ride they can get to a live host. If we thought about it, we might realize that person A and person B don’t work together, aren’t having an office romance, don’t even like each other or work in the same department. But if they share the same restroom or kitchen, or water fountain, that is where they have “met” without even seeing each other. From the hand of one to the hand of the other. Having the disinfectant protection of SafeHandles™ products in those “meeting places” means their “meeting” does not have to be contagious.