Batesville, Indiana (PRWEB) August 22, 2012
Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control just published a study showing the effectiveness of the Trinity Guardion launderable cover in reducing the bacterial contamination on hospital beds.
“Today’s healthcare environment demands improved outcomes,” says researcher Edmond A. Hooker, MD, DrPH. “Outcomes have become a yardstick that helps determine hospital reimbursement. And one of the pillars of improving outcomes is preventing hospital-acquired infection, or HAI. Estimates vary, but according to the Centers for Disease Control, HAI costs tens of billions of dollars annually.”
A prime source of bacterial contaminants in hospitals is the patient bed. Hospital mattresses have been linked to HAIs. While housekeeping staffs clean beds between patients, this cleaning kills only about 80% of contaminants on the sleep surface. Further, the cleaning process spreads the remnants of contamination over a larger area, including under the mattress surface. The result is a still-contaminated bed awaiting the next patient.
In the study, hospital beds were randomized to either receive or not receive a Trinity Guardion launderable cover, which covers the mattress and the underlying deck. Researchers measured bacterial counts on the mattress surface, bed deck and the washable cover. They found that, after cleaning, the mattresses using the launderable cover were significantly less contaminated than the uncovered mattresses.
“We would all rather prevent HAIs than treat them,” says Hooker. “The CDC says that with the right tools and protocols, we could prevent 20 to 70 percent of HAIs. The Trinity Guardion launderable cover is a tool that could seriously impact those outcomes by providing a cleaner bed.”
The Trinity Guardion study, “A Randomized Trial to Evaluate a Launderable Bed Protection System for Hospital Beds,” is available for download at http://www.aricjournal.com/content/1/1/27/abstract
About Trinity Guardion…
The Trinity Guardion launderable bed protection system for hospital beds and mattress provides an efficient, repeatable, new level of clean, protecting the patient from potentially harmful pathogens found on hospital mattresses and beds. For more information visit us on the web at http://www.TrinityGuardion.com