Preventing Healthcare-associated Infections
At PJP we’re always trying to help our customers be more successful. One of the many ways we do that is by helping them address pressing industry concerns. In the healthcare industry, one of the biggest concerns right now is reducing the occurrence of Healthcare-Associated Infections.
Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) have major impacts on many hospitals, both in regards to their ability to help patients recover, and their ability to increase their bottom line. The true financial impact of HAIs can be difficult to measure, especially because of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Because of these acts, along with previous healthcare reform legislation, reimbursements to hospitals are more tied to clinical outcomes than in the past. Hospitals are not reimbursed for the cost of treating HAIs, or caring for patients readmitted within 30 days of discharge.
This lack of reimbursements for HAI-related care can cause major financial losses for hospitals and other healthcare businesses. The average cost for a hospital treating a patient without an HAI is just $35,000, whereas the cost of treating a patient with an HAI jumps up to $190,000. That’s not even to mention the opportunity cost associated with keeping an existing patient beyond their expected treatment timeline instead of bringing in a new patient.
So… knowing that HAIs can really hurt a healthcare facility’s finances, what can you do to prevent them?
The answer is simple, really: Hand hygiene!
Clean hands are the most important part of preventing infections of all kinds, but that’s doubly true of hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Using alcohol based hand sanitizers like Purell will help your healthcare staff maintain clean hands and will subsequently save your patients from possible infection.
However, we know that in a healthcare setting it can be difficult to have hand sanitizer dispensers available wherever your staff needs them. That’s where Purell’s ES Everywhere System comes in. With it’s small and convenient size, you can put it basically anywhere. This way it will be easy and convenient for your staff to use hand sanitizer wherever and whenever they need it most.
If you’re interested in getting Purell ES for your business, contact your PJP sales rep!