Xavier Research Finds Anti-Microbial Bed Cover Cuts Hospital-Acquired Infections in Half

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The American Journal of Infection Control published Xavier University research on 50% reduction of C.diff due to Trinity Guardion Bed Protection System in use by two long-term acute hospitals.

Trinity Guardion Bed Protection System

“The hospital mattress is clearly the highest contact point for patients during their hospital stay and hospital linen does not provide a protective barrier for patients,” said Hooker.

A recently published study in the American Journal of Infection Control, conducted by Xavier University in Cincinnati, found that by using Trinity Guardion Bed Protection System, two long-term acute care hospitals cut the rate of their Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) in half.

Trinity Guardion is based in Batesville, Indiana. The two hospitals, St.Vincent Seton Specialty Hospital Indianapolis and St.Vincent Seton Specialty Hospital Lafayette used the bed covers for 14 months, starting in May of 2013. Edmond Hooker, an associate professor in Health Services Administration at Xavier University, led the research along with Dr. Mark Bochan, an infectious disease physician with Infectious Disease of Indiana.

Hooker’s previous research shows hospital mattresses that are disinfected using current industry-wide practices are still dirty after disinfection. “The hospital mattress is clearly the highest contact point for patients during their hospital stay and hospital linen does not provide a protective barrier for patients,” said Hooker.

The most recent estimates indicate that there are 453,000 clostridium difficile (C.diff) infections in the US each year, with 29,300 deaths. Estimates suggest that the additional cost of care for these infections, as a result of re-admissions and treatments, may be as high as $3.2 billion. The current study compared instances of hospital-acquired C.diff by comparing infection rates before and after the two hospitals began using Trinity Guardion’s launderable covers.

“While the facilities had infection rates below the national average prior to initiating use of the laundered covers, both were able to cut these rates in half,” said Dr. Edmond Hooker. “We controlled for hand washing compliance, patient length of stay, acuity and patient age.”

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Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Catholic, Jesuit tradition. Founded in 1831, the university is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. U.S. News & World Report ranks it No.6 among master’s-level universities in the Midwest and The Princeton Review names it as one of the “Best 377 Colleges in America.” For more information contact Dr. Hooker by email hookere(at)xavier(dot)edu.

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