Device strategies to prevent healthcare-associated infections

[Image courtesy of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases]

Device design, sterilization before use and proper cleaning of reusable equipment can prevent infections and save lives.

By Ted Eveleth, AvantGuard

Nosocomial infections, also commonly known as healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), are a multibillion-dollar problem and a leading cause of morbidity and mortality around the world. On any given day, about 1 in 31 hospital patients has at least one HAI, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A significant cause for many of these HAIs are medical devices that touch or are implanted in the body, such as surgical implants, catheters and endoscopy devices.

For example, 75% of urinary tract infections in healthcare settings are associated with urinary catheters. Central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI), another category of HAIs associate…

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