They say there is no better place to get sick than a hospital. SafeHandles is here to take the truth out of that truism. Sick people come to the hospital, but there is no need for other patients to leave (or be unable to leave) with what they have. The transmission of microbial pathogens can be reduced by the application of SafeHandles products throughout the hospital environment – restroom faucet handles and flush handles, bed rails, and hallway handrails. While hospital staff can acquire pathogens from their simple proximity to patients, there is no need for them to transmit those pathogens to other staff members or other patients through touching shared handles, fixtures and other commonly touched surfaces.
The opportunities or pathways for pathogen transmission in a hospital form an intricate and complex matrix. The first layer of the matrix comprises people: food service employees, custodial employees, medical staff, patients, visitors to those patients. The second layer comprises the surfaces upon which they may place their microbes: entrance doors, elevator buttons, restroom doors, faucet handles and flush handles, food and food serving surfaces, hallway handrails, walkers. The list goes on, and when these two layers are multiplied upon each other, the forensics of epidemiology become stupefyingly complicated. The goal (in order to sidestep the necessity of that epidemiology) is to eliminate the transmission on every axis of this matrix – to inhibit transmission no matter where it occurs. SafeHandles products are the most effective protocol for achieving that goal. In a recent clinical report, it was determined that SafeHandles-protected surfaces offered an exposure risk reduction for k. pneumoniae transmission as contrasted with non-protected surfaces of over 99%. The same comparison for MRSA yielded a reduction of 73%. With SafeHandles on all applicable surfaces and all other prophylaxes consistently and universally practiced (masking whenever appropriate, daily antimicrobial scrubbing of all appropriate surfaces, hygienic cooking and waste disposal protocols) that matrix of pathogen transmission can be collapsed, making the hospital a safe place to get well.