The healthcare facilities are using technology to control infection in the environment instead of the traditional manual chemical-based method.
FREMONT, CA: Healthcare professionals try to make every effort to keep their patients safe from infections, but healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) is still one of the significant threats to safety. According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Healthcare Promotion, HAIs leads to millions of deaths due to which the healthcare system has to suffer an expensive loss. Therefore, to gain maximum outcome by offering high-quality and safe healthcare, the sector has to apply technologies related to infection management.
What is Infection Control?
Infection control means to prevent the spread of infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) infection control precautions can be divided into two parts.
Standard Precautions for All Patient Care
This type of precaution is applicable for every patient care, and it is based on the risk assessments. The healthcare service providers use their common sense and protective equipment to secure the patients and themselves from infection. The precautions consist of cough etiquette, washing hands, and many more.
Along with the earlier patient care system in the transmission-based precautions, it consists of accurate patient placement, focusing on cleaning and disinfecting the rooms and equipment that were exposed to the infected patients and many others.
Healthcare Technology for Consistent Disinfection
The critical segment of an efficient infection control strategy is thorough disinfection. Traditionally manual cleaning was conducted by the healthcare facilities with chemical-based products, but the result can be unreliable.
Therefore, the facilities can use automated disinfection technology and other tools to eradicate germs with the help of infection control plans. The automated disinfection systems will provide predictable and constant results, especially in controlled environments. Therefore, advanced technologies can be a better method to establish a clean healthcare facility than the manual-chemical disinfection.
Tracking and Enhanced Data Sharing with Technology
The modern technology for cleaning can also be used for tracking and reporting the status of infection control. The network sensors or scannable ID tags can monitor the location, disinfection history of the medical equipment, and chain of custody. It can then report about the cleaning system to the cloud-based software in real-time. Therefore, it will become easy for healthcare providers to analyze and manage the infection control system with the history of networked items.