Yes, there are good bacteria and bad bacteria. Unlike the good cop – bad cop scenario, they are not working in conjunction with each other to wring the truth out of you. In fact, they work neither for nor against each other, but toward their own singular, genetically determined purpose. Probiotics like Acidophilus contribute to gut health, but a dose of enterococcus can undo that benefit in no time. The key to good health is eliminating bad bacteria – pathogenic bacteria, as they are known in the medical community.
Here are five of the top illness-causing bacteria:
- Acinetobacter baumannii – this bacterium is almost exclusively the worry of health care facilities. It is little threat to the immune systems of healthy people, but for those with suppressed immune systems it can have grave physical effects, including blood infections, pneumonia, meningitis, urinary tract infections and wound infections. It is often resistant to commonly prescribed antibiotics.
- Bacteroides fragilis – this bacterium is commonly found in the intestinal tract and colon. Although it can act as a pathogen, it usually does so in conjunction with another bacterium. It is a slow-growing pathogen that is resistant to penicillin and capable of developing general antimicrobial resistance. So, it is a stealth agent and a team player – on the bad team.
- Burkholderia cepacia – this is a group of gram-negative bacteria which flourishes in aquatic environments. This doesn’t mean it will be found at the beach, pool, or aquarium. It does mean that it colonizes injectable solutions and their delivery systems. It is of special danger to patients with suppressed lung function such as cystic fibrosis. Although it likes aquatic environments, it can be spread via human-to-human contact or human-to-surface contact (the very mode of transmission that SafeHandles products target).
- Escherichia coli – here’s one that is known to the layman by its first initial and last name: E. coli. It is the number one cause of urinary tract infections in hospitals; can also cause gastroenteritis, pneumonia or even neonatal meningitis; and may lead to hemolytic-uremic syndrome, a disease that destroys red blood cells, causes acute kidney failure and reduces platelet counts. It’s no wonder that an E. coli infection is considered a serious medical crisis.
- Clostridium sordelis – this bacterium can cause pneumonia, endocarditis, peritonitis and myonecrosis, and severe cases can lead to sepsis. Its transmission route is still unknown. It certainly seems like the safe bet to eliminate hand-to-surface as a potential site of transmission with SafeHandles product installation on all touchable surfaces.
You may have noticed the mention of antibiotic resistance for several of these bacteria. Antibiotics are the class of medicine provided to infected persons to combat the bacteria’s effects by eliminating the bacteria in the host. It’s a matter of gathering up the horses after they’re out of the barn, so to speak. Antimicrobials, on the other hand, deal with microbes – pathogenic ones, specifically – in the environment. The best antimicrobials are classified as disinfectants. The silver-embedded SafeHandles reduce the germs left from previous users, thus significantly reducing the transfer of germs to subsequent users. They are a durable film with antimicrobial agents embedded that can be applied and left in place with long-lasting antibacterial effectiveness in reducing the presence of microbes. Fewer microbes on SafeHandles surfaces mean much lower transmission of surface-borne pathogens to unsuspecting users. Used in conjunction with cleaning, disinfecting, and other antimicrobial technology, the passive technology of SafeHandles completes any facility’s antimicrobial coverage.