Making hospitals safer by controlling infection
Controlling the spread of bacterial infection is essential in hospitals and medical facilities – exposure of patients to acquired, antibiotic-resistant infections such as MRSA poses a significant health risk, especially to those who already have a low immunity. It also represents a major drain on already tight hospital budgets. IT devices have become an integral part of healthcare provision, but due to the shared nature of their use, it is now recognised that unless their sanitisation is managed, they play a significant part in the spread of infection. A US study found that as many as 25% of hospital keyboards tested positive MRSA, but daily disinfecting was an effective deterrent to cross contamination.