Midbrook Medical Uses New Products to Fight Hospital Acquired Infection

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Studies have shown that up to 70% of Hospital Acquired Infections are preventable with proper infection control. With this in mind, Midbrook Medical produces several different products designed to reduce the risk of costly HAIs.

Studies have shown that up to 70% of Hospital Acquired Infections are preventable with proper infection control. With this in mind, Midbrook Medical produces several different products designed to reduce the risk of costly HAIs.

The hospitals of today face an increasingly dangerous and costly problem in the form of healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs). These infections, as the name suggests, are contracted by patients during hospital stays related to other health issues and can take many forms. Some of the most common are Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), bloodstream infections (BSI), and Clostridium difficile (C. diff). As a result of these and other HAIs, patients are forced to endure longer hospital stays and the hospitals themselves have to deal with the increased cost and bad publicity associated with such infections.

The extra problems caused by HAIs could be trivialized if the number of occurrences was small. Unfortunately, that is not the case. A recent study of an Australian hospital found 228 cases of HAI diagnosed within a 95 day period. At that rate, this single facility would see nearly 900 cases of HAI over the course of a single year. As disturbing as that figure seems, it becomes even worse when one considers the financial impact on a hospital as a result of even a single case of HAI.

Direct attribute studies, in which expert reviewers determine the increased cost of a case of HAI, have shown added costs of up to $589 per HAI. Hospitals must also concern themselves with the cost of additional consumable materials needed to care for the patient, such as dressings, fluids, gloves, gowns, and other items. With the number of cases occurring every year, this cost can quickly add up.

Another costly problem is the lost opportunity per incident of HAI. When patients contract HAIs, they are forced to extend their stays in the hospital beyond what their initial health concern required. This lowers the amount of available bed days for the hospital, which would ordinarily be used to admit new patients. As a result, the hospital is not only faced with the extra cost of providing for HAI patients, but also loses the revenue it would have brought in by providing treatment to newly admitted patients. This combination of costs has been shown to cost healthcare facilities $30 billion annually.

Despite these disturbing statistics, there is good news in the fight against HAIs. Studies have shown that up to 70% of HAIs are preventable with proper infection control. With this in mind, Midbrook Medical produces several different products designed to reduce the risk of costly HAIs. For example, the Midbrook Medical Tempest™ Washer is a fully automated cleaning unit designed for use in the Central Sterile Processing Unit of hospitals or ambulatory surgical centers. The Tempest decontamination system deploys a combination of mechanical actions to attack varying levels of contamination for a range of surgical instruments. Employing combinations of heated enzymatic fluid submersion, vertical agitation, digital ultrasonic waves, high heat fluid disinfecting rinse and air injected fluid flow through small diameter lumens. All of these can be individually programmed to deliver a device specific cleaning process that assures consistent results that hand cleaning alone cannot duplicate.

Midbrook Medical also offers carts, tables, and work stations made from EPA registered antimicrobial copper alloys, which kill more than %99.9 of disease causing bacteria.* By replacing plastic laminate covered particle board with copper, hospitals can eliminate material that encourages microbial growth. Combined with proper cleaning and disinfection methods, this copper equipment can help reduce the risk of HAIs and keep patients and hospital staff safe.

Finally, Midbrook Medical offers the OZORINSE System, which mixes ozone with water to provide an all natural, chemical free method of sanitizing surfaces and reducing exposure to germs and harmful bacteria. Easy to install above a sink or countertop, OZORINSE provides a simple and cost effective way to avoid the serious consequences of HAIs.

For more information on Midbrook Medical, call 1-517-787-3481.

*Testing demonstrates effective antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Escherichia coli O157:H7, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

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