Before You Pick a Hospital, Ask About its HAI Rate
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HospitalsNovember 25, 2015

Before You Pick a Hospital, Ask About its HAI Rate

by Halosil

HaloMist disinfection system kills C. diff, MRSA

Consumers might choose one healthcare system over another because it offers great technology—or convenient, patient-friendly services like private rooms. We might pick hospitals that have stellar surgeons and exceptional outcomes.

In the near future, we could very well be basing our choices on which health systems have the lowest Hospital-Acquired Infection (HAI) rates.

The watchdog publication Consumer Reports, long known for evaluating cars, appliances and other products, now recognizes that healthcare is an important consumer choice.

For the first time ever, Consumer Reports rates more than 3,000 hospitals on how effectively they control HAIs.

“Hospitals need to stop infecting their patients,” says Doris Peter, Ph.D., director of the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center. “Until they do, patients need to be on high alert whenever they enter a hospital, even as visitors.”

The report focuses on two of the most deadly pathogens: Clostridioides difficile or C. diff and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, C. diff sickens 290,000 patients in healthcare settings each year, killing 27,000. MRSA infects 60,000 patients and is responsible for 8,000 deaths.

Consumer Reports notes that both these killers are largely preventable through a dual strategy:

  • Health systems must adopt more judicious usage of broad-spectrum antibiotics that increase patients’ resistance to antibiotics used to treat C. diff and MRSA.
  • Healthcare institutions must clean up their acts through fastidious disinfection.

The Halo Disinfection System™ by Halosil International is the first whole room fogging system approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. After using the system, a large urban teaching hospital reduced its C. diff infection rate by 66% for less than $15 per treated room.

HaloMist delivers hands-free disinfection with aerosolized hydrogen peroxide that produces at a 6-log kill rate that can dramatically reduce infections.

It saves patients’ lives by eradicating C. diff, MRSA and other pathogens. Lower HAI rates also can provide value by giving health systems an edge in an increasingly competitive marketplace.