HAI’s have increased 36% over the past two decades.

Healthcare-associated infections are that of which patients can acquire while receiving medical treatment in a healthcare facility.  These result in serious disease to a patient who is already in a compromised condition, yet often they are often preventable.

Up to 60% of hospital uniforms are colonized with potentially pathogenic bacteria.

A fomite is an object that is a likely carrier for infection.  In a healthcare setting, the number of surfaces is bountiful that can be a carrier.  Surfaces such as walls, curtains, remotes, clothing, handrails, and much more are all potential transfer sites of infection.  The air is another carrier for harmful organisms, leaving the setting as a whole to be potentially very dangerous.

67 of 70 remote controls tested as part of a blind study demonstrated at least one bacterial species.

Due to the nature of these organisms being invisible to the naked eye, often times it is assumed they are not present.  However, thousands are afflicted at this very moment by an HAI due to unsanitary conditions during treatment.

1 in 25 patients has an HAI.  Over 200 people will die each day due to and HAI.

The occurrence of HAIs is costly monetarily, but also to a hospitals reputation.

HAIs result in up to $4,500,000,000 in additional healthcare expenses annually.

Hospital settings do not prevent an ideal situation for proper cleaning, time in between when patients are not present in the room is short, and the time allowed does not permit every surface and obtain a sufficient kill.

Ultraviolet light disinfection is an ideal solution due to its ease, speed, and effectiveness.  Ultraviolet light by its nature is chemical free and environmentally friendly. In minutes, an entire room can be disinfected to a 99% kill on all surfaces exposed to the UV-C lights.

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