Infection Prevention

The Epidemic of Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI)

Infections acquired at a healthcare facility while a patient is receiving medical treatment are unfortunately common, costly and potentially deadly1. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates roughly 1.7 million hospital-associated infections, from all types of microorganisms, including bacteria and fungi combined.2 The overall annual direct cost estimates for HAI to hospitals ranges from $28 billion to $45 billion.3

1 in 25

PATIENTS
contracts at least one HAI daily1

70%

Avoidable
with proper infection control3

$45K

Average Cost
of treating HAI
4

SPD: Champions of Patient Safety

Sterile processing departments (SPD) at healthcare facilities play a vital role in preventing HAI, working tirelessly behind the scenes to prepare surgical equipment for the next patient. SPD staff know that their facility’s ability to prevent HAI depends on the proper sterilization of crucial critical instruments and rapid validation. Medical device technology has advanced rapidly in recent years, yet the methodology to validate proper sterilization of critical instruments has lagged. At Verrix, we believe SPD staff deserve better. We believe they deserve rapid sterilization confirmation results with the highest level of accuracy.

SPD: Champions of Patient Safety

Sterile processing departments (SPD) at healthcare facilities play a vital role in preventing HAI, working tirelessly behind the scenes to prepare surgical equipment for the next patient. SPD staff know that their facility’s ability to prevent HAI depends on the proper sterilization of crucial critical instruments and rapid validation. Medical device technology has advanced rapidly in recent years, yet the methodology to validate proper sterilization of critical instruments has lagged. At Verrix, we believe SPD staff deserve better. We believe they deserve rapid sterilization confirmation results with the highest level of accuracy.

Infection Control

Managing increasingly challenging threats to patient health in part due to higher demand for healthcare and the evolution of drug resistant pathogens. Looks to SPD to follow compliant processes that protect patient safety.

Hospital Administration

Responsible for the allocation of resources in pursuit of value-based outcomes. Relies on SPD to manage resources judiciously while mitigating risk.

Community

Depends on local healthcare facilities to take good care of its citizens. A hospital’s reputation plays a critical role in its value to the community it serves.

Risk Management

Proactively identifies and mitigates risk to protect patient safety as well as the financial interest of the facility. SPD can help identify opportunities to reduce the risk of HAI.

Surveyors

Improve safety and quality of care by holding accredited hospitals to recognized standards of care. SPD must be able to demonstrate and maintain the highest level of compliance with accepted standards.

Materials 
Management

Plays a pivotal role in guaranteeing all tools needed by medical staff are available to support patient care while maintaining cost effective inventory management. Must coordinate closely with SPD to manage and maintain high-value medical device inventory.

Operating Room

Relies on SPD to deliver the right instrumentation in the right condition, at the right time. At a cost of $36/hour, even a 30 minute delay could cost the department over $1,000.

Patient & Family

Trusts healthcare system to provide high-quality care in times of illness and injury. SPD plays a critical role in reducing the risk of HAI for the vulnerable patients entrusted to the hospital’s care.

1 https://www.cdc.gov/hai/surveillance/index.html
2 Klevens, R. Monina; Edwards, Jonathan R.; Richards, Chesley L.; Horan, Teresa C.; Gaynes, Robert P; Pollock, Daniel A.; Cardo, Denise M. (2007). “Estimating Healthcare-associated Infections and Deaths in U.S. Hospitals, 2002”. Public Health Reports. 122 (2): 160–166.
3 Stone P.W. Economic burden of healthcare-associated infections: An american perspective. Expert Rev. Pharmacoecon. Outcomes Res. 2009;9:417–422
4 NPR public Health Feb 20 2015 https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/02/20/387743352/ucla-outbreak-highlights-challenge-of-curbing-infections