Medical Construction & Design

MAR-APR 2018

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Focusing on infection control is standard practice. In 1910, the spread of polio became a public health crisis and infected thousands of Americans. A simple fix that helped mitigate the problem? A plastic cover over the face. Sterilization is still relatively new, an idea first sparked in the 20 th century that has become one of the most essential life-saving practices in medicine. We are not done learning. A recent study published in March of 2017 in the American Journal of Infection Control uncovers the critical role of the floor in transmitting pathogens that can lead to healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). 1 HAIs can spread from the floor to high-touch objects, like bed rails and call buttons, and impact up to 30 percent of intensive care unit patients. 2 What's a part of the solution? Flooring. Selecting seamless flooring helps to reduce microbial contamination, and allows for the cleaning to be more impactful as there are no crevices to harbor pathogens. This new research is sure to impact the future of designing infection control protocols in hospitals. An environment of care should promote hygiene and provide a foundation for the best possible quality of life for the millions of Americans who stay and work in healthcare facilities each year. Accelera by Dur-A-Flex are seamless floors designed to solve the unique challenges in the most critical areas of environments of care. FOR IMPROVED INFECTION CONTROL, START WITH THE FLOOR Read our white paper that details recent research on why flooring is critical to designing an environment of care: www.startwiththefloor.com . Seamless: Eliminate cracks and crevices that can harbor pathogens. Chemical Resistance: Use the cleaning products you need, even harsh cleaning agents such as vaporized hydrogen peroxide (VHP), without damaging or staining the floor. Durability: Allow frequent foot traffic and move heavy equipment without harming the floor. Low odor: Ensure daily operations are undisturbed during installation. Nonslip surface: Reduce the likelihood of recovery room falls, a problem that increases hospital stays by 6.3 days on average. 4 UV stability: Let light in without discoloring the floors. 1 Deshpande, Abhishek, et al. "Are hospital floors an underappreciated reservoir for transmission of health care-associated pathogens?" American Journal of Infection Control, 2017 March; 45(3): 336-338. 2 "Health care-associated infections Fact Sheet." World Health Organization. Retrieved 2/12/2018. Web. 3 National Action Plan to Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections: Road Map to Elimination. Health.gov. April 2013: Page 13. Retrieved 2/12/2018. 4 Wong, CA, et al. "The Cost of Serious Fall-Related Injuries at Three Midwestern Hospitals." The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. 2011 Feb; 37(2): 81-87. Critical advancements supporting the environment of care Louis Pasteur conducts experiments on the relationship between germs and disease. Rubber gloves are found to drastically drop infection rates when used by doctors. Sanitary face shield patent granted to Ellen Dempsey of Albany, NY. Disposable products reduce chances of cross-infection in hospitals. More than 11,000 healthcare facilities enroll in CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) to report HAI Action Plan data. 3 Research shows that pathogens can transfer from the floor to high-touch objects. 1860 s 1899 1903 1960 s 2012 2017 MCDM AG.COM | M A RCH /A PR IL 2018 | Medical Construction & Design 35 ADVERTORIAL

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