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How High-Tech Materials Reduce Infection Rates In Hospitals

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Advances in medical technology have given hospitals and healthcare facilities the lead in the ongoing war on infection prevention.

In this blog, we will discuss how cart covers and high-performance disposal curtains mitigate hospital or healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

How infection spread through contact.

Without proper hygiene and protocols in place, the hospital can be a breeding ground for pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, etc. It is ironic to think that the institutions that uphold health to the highest standards can also be a place to contract diseases.  Diseases can spread through the air or numerous physical found in healthcare facilities. Pathogens easily spread through patients, staff, and visitors.

These microbes are transported when individuals interact with high-touch surfaces (places frequently touched by individuals). Some of these high-touch surfaces include railings, counters, light switches, door knobs, carts, and cubicle curtains. Pathogens can piggyback off humans and spread to equipment, materials, and others. Furthermore, these surfaces can harbor drug-resistant microbes, otherwise known as superbugs.

Cart covers.

Studies have shown that hospital linen can carry a wide range of diseases such as Hepatitis A and Mucorales- And since workers move carts around, they can easily spread disease throughout the hospital. Therefore, it is crucial to provide linen carts with adequate protection to prevent cross-contamination.  Thanks to cart covers for hospitals, infection rates are at a low.  Most cart covers are made out of lightweight but durable 400 Denier nylon that provides complete protection against microbes.

Custom cart covers for hospitals can be made to specification. This means manufacturers can customize covers to fit various sizes, and equipment. You can also vary the materials you need and add features like pouches, zippers, closures, etc.

Disposable privacy curtains.

Staff and visitors touch or indirectly come in contact multiple times during a patient’s stay. Anti-microbial, disposable private curtains are the preferred option for reducing the rate of patient-patient, patient-staff, and patient-visitor infections. The anti-microbial technology is a polymeric coating that prevents the growth of bacteria on fabric surfaces.

This technology ruptures the cell wall of any microorganisms that come in contact with it.  Because disposable curtains don’t need to be reused,  they reduce the risk of infection during handling, washing, or sterilization.  The combination of its anti-microbial properties and its single-use function makes it superior to standard, reusable curtains.