Saint Francis

Saint Francis Hospital Case Study

Saint Francis Hospital of Trinity Health in Wilmington, DE implemented SteraMist disinfection in 2017. Over the years, Saint Francis has been one of the top hospitals in keeping their Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) rates down. With the use of SteraMist disinfection throughout their hospital, Saint Francis is able to keep C. difficle, MRSA, and central line-associated bloodstream infections at a minimum. They have incorporated SteraMist into their disinfection protocol because of its unique ability to destroy bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms on surfaces and in the air. 

Meeting the Need

 Saint Francis needed a quicker and more efficient method for disinfection than what was being conducted through manual cleaning. Adding SteraMist to their cleaning method and removing the need for wipe-down methods, St. Francis quickly noticed a reduction of spores and was able to gain valuable time back by turning over the room rapidly. Attributing to the quick room turnover time is that the SteraPak is easy to use and only needs one operator so there is no need for additional hiring. Currently, SteraMist is being used for rooms that held C. diff and COVID patients allowing for shorter wait times between patients. According to the Infection Prevention Director at the time, the C. difficle bacterium has a 30%-50% chance of infecting other people even after a room is cleaned. The infection prevention team targeted the stubborn spore using a novel cleaning system that mists an entire room with activated peroxide OH ions. The system kills bacteria and viruses on contact and leaves no residue. 

Products and Scope

Attributing to the quick room turnover time is that the SteraPak is easy to use and only needs one operator so there is no need for additional hiring. Currently, SteraMist is being used for rooms that held C. diff and COVID patients allowing for shorter wait times between patients. 

Disinfect Quickly

"We really enjoy the SteraPak because it is lightweight, cordless, and one person can do the work of an entire team in less time. From start to finish, taking it out of the closet to completing the room, it only takes about 10 minutes to disinfect an entire room while still having the highest rating for reducing bloodstream infections." 

- Saint Francis Daytime Supervisor 

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