If you have an elderly loved one, you understand that choosing the best care for them is essential to their safety and health. Whether they are in assisted living programs, receive in-home care, or live in retirement homes, the last thing you want to worry about is illnesses due to the lack of cleanliness or disinfection. The elderly tend to have weaker immune systems and are susceptible to infections. As a result, it’s essential facilities that deal in senior care be outfitted with the most effective and safest disinfection technology.
High rates of infection among the elderly
The facts are staggering. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, 1.5 million people live in nursing homes across the U.S. and suffer an average of 2 million infections a year. That’s 125 separate infections per nursing home each year and one and a third infections per patient per year. If that doesn’t seem like a lot, think of how many infections you or your loved ones suffer each year – probably not even one, for most of us. It’s a high number and one that’s compounded by the outcome of those infections.
No one wants to lose a loved one needlessly, however, infections and disease in the elderly are associated with high mortality rates, even when the illness may not be considered fatal or even particularly dangerous for younger age groups. Pneumonia is one that is often cited: The NCIB claimed it was the leading cause of mortality and hospital transfers among elderly folks living in nursing homes.
Another study published in the American Journal of Infection Control in January 2015 found elderly patients who suffered an infection while in the Intensive Care Unit were 35 percent more likely to die within 5 years of leaving, reported U.S. News & World Report. Overall, techniques designed to prevent bloodstream infections led to over 15 extra years of life on average. Those designed to reduce respiratory infections resulted in over 11 more years on average. Additionally, prevention is far less costly: Infection prevention saved between $163,000 and $174,000 per patient.
“We’ve known for decades what works to prevent infections and save lives. Now, our study shows just how much money can be saved by investing in prevention,” study senior author Patricia Stone, director of the Center for Health Policy at Columbia University School of Nursing, said in a university news release. She added, “Any death from preventable infections is one too many.”
A sound, effective, timely disinfection technique
Every healthcare worker – and every person in general – should practice good hygiene to help prevent the spread of bacteria. But sometimes that isn’t enough. In the case of nursing homes and other elderly care facilities, it’s necessary to implement a hospital-grade disinfectant to greatly reduce the chances of an elderly person contracting a deadly disease.
That’s why SteraMist™ BIT™ is an ideal choice: It works quickly enough to be deployable on a regular basis – even between patient visits or room changeovers, and it’s effective at inactivating harmful microorganisms on contact. This state-of-the-art disinfection system will increase a facility’s overall disinfection protocol, improving senior care and saving lives. Find out how this ground-breaking technology works and without the use of toxic chemicals.
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