New Waterless Bathing and Skin Cleansing System Could Help Hospitals Fight Patient Infections While Reducing Cost

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Cleanse Care Advanced Formula Skin Care System provides hospitals with a safer, more effective alternative to basin baths

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Cleaning a patient with a sponge or cloth dipped in a contaminated basin is more likely to harm the patient by spreading the bacteria rather than removing it.

As healthcare reimbursement sources continue to place more pressure on hospitals to reduce hospital acquired infections (HAIs) it has never been more important for these facilities to evaluate processes that can help reduce these costly complications. Cleanse Care, a new advanced skin cleansing system can help hospital reduce HAIs while reducing costs at the same time.

Cleanse Care Advanced Formula Skin Care System was created by a trauma surgeon as an alternative to traditional basin baths and skin cleaning methods. Hospitals have long used basin bathing as the standard of care for patient cleansing, however, recent studies have shown significant risk associated with this practice. “The basins themselves are a breeding ground for bacteria,” says Roger Huckfeldt, MD, FACS and inventor of Cleanse Care. “Cleaning a patient with a sponge or cloth dipped in a contaminated basin is more likely to harm the patient by spreading the bacteria rather than removing it.”

The 8-pack Cleanse Care Waterless Bathing System is designed to replace basin baths in hospitals, nursing homes and long-term care facilities or anywhere patients are not able to take a traditional bath or shower. The durable, pre-moistened cloths provide effective skin hygiene for the entire body, and because Cleanse Care cloths are disposable, there is less risk of spreading bacteria. Additionally, Cleanse Care is a cost effective option for a healthcare facility as it reduces the costs associated with laundry and supplies needed for traditional basin bathing. The patent pending formula provides increased efficacy and duration of action over other self contained formulas currently available to healthcare providers.

Cleanse Care’s Specialty Care 2-pack is specifically designed for use on sensitive skin, allowing the cloths to be used near the eyes, armpits, groin and perineum without risk of irritation or dryness, making it an effective tool at fighting common HAI’s, such as catheter-associated urinary tract infections(CAUTI) and central line infections.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, HAIs cost an average of $33 billion dollars every year and is one of the leading causes of death and illness in the United States. Costs of preventable CAUTIs are estimated to be $115 million to $1.82 billion annually. In 2008, Medicare stopped reimbursing hospitals for treating conditions, infections, or illnesses that were acquired in the hospital, and for any readmissions associated with treating those hospital-acquired conditions.

“As CMS and many private insurance companies begin to stop reimbursement for treating conditions and infections acquired in the hospital, it has never been a more crucial time for healthcare systems to evaluate these types of products,” says Huckfeldt.

Roger Huckfeldt, MD, FACS
Dr. Huckfeldt is a board certified general and critical care surgeon with twenty years’ experience in a trauma and burn care practice. Dr. Huckfeldt has been involved in the development of products designed to enhance skin care throughout his career, and is well known for his medical research towards the science and mechanism of wound healing.

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Healthy Brands for Life was formed on the foundation of creating science-based, laboratory tested products that are safe, effective and economical for any family. Healthy Brands for Life is committed to helping improve the quality of life for you, your family and pets by providing products, information and services so you ALL can have healthier and happier lives.

Healthy Brands for Life was started with a single formulation, a formulation that we knew would serve as the basis for a number of products that are extremely effective while actually being good for your skin and health. This patented technology has been transformed into a wide variety of products designed to better clean, sanitize, hydrate, and protect our customers and their families.

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