Healthcare-associated infections (HAI), also known as hospital-acquired infections, pose tremendous health and safety risks to patients in hospital settings. Hospital diseases can cause devastating illness and even death. These infections are caused by various bacteria, fungi and viruses that patients acquire during medical care. Despite ongoing medical advances and lifesaving treatments, modern medical services often come with the risk of HAI.
As the ability to prevent these infections continues to grow, their existence becomes unacceptable. Fortunately, recent successes in eliminating or reducing healthcare-associated infections are encouraging. Prevention is now a national patient safety goal for private and government healthcare organizations. Many of these organizations have launched campaigns to promote HAI awareness, emphasize prevention and regulate reimbursement.
Types of Healthcare-Associated Infections
Modern medicine uses many invasive devices to treat medical patients. Hospital-acquired infections are commonly associated with catheters, ventilators, endoscopes and other imaging devices. HAIs can cause bloodstream infections, urinary tract infections (UTI) and pneumonia. Infections can also enter through surgical and medical test sites on the body.
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) works hard to monitor and prevent HAIs because they are a threat to patient safety. The CDC provides national leadership in surveillance, investigations, research and prevention of hospital-related infections. Through the years, numerous health care partners have worked to improve medical procedures, clinical practice and infection control.
CIDEX Integrated Sterilizing System
Proper cleaning and disinfection of medical instruments and devices are crucial to patient safety. The efficacy of hospital disinfectants and detergents is key to instrument processing as well as risk management. The most effective liquid chemical germicides offer speed, ease of use and compatibility with the various materials used in medical devices. Additionally, these chemicals are not noxious or toxic to medical personnel.
Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP) has developed a high-level sterilizing system that meets these criteria. CIDEX activated dialdehyde, CIDEX 14-day solution, CIDEX Plus solution and CIDEX OPA (ortho-phthalaldehyde) are highly effective against a wide range of fungi, mycobacteria and viruses. These products are bactericidal, fungicidal, sporicidal, virucidal and tuberculocidal.
CIDEX activated dialdehyde is a fast, effective way to sterilize many medical devices and surgical instruments. CIDEX 14-day solution kills 99.8 percent of mycobacterium in 45 minutes. CIDEX Plus Solution is a 3.4 percent glutaraldehyde solution. It is a mainstay of ASPs integrated sterilizing system. CIDEX OPA, compatible with the materials in many medical devices, can destroy tuberculosis bacteria in 12 minutes.
The efficacy of the CIDEX integrated sterilization system has been established through more than a decade of testing by ASP. The effective control of bacteria, fungi and viruses is essential for the prevention of healthcare-associated infections.
The CIDEX Plus solution and related sterilization products make clinical and economic sense for hospitals seeking cost-efficient instrument processing options. As part of its commitment to HAI prevention, ASP has conducted extensive efficacy testing and quality assurance measures to prevent dangerous and deadly hospital diseases.