The good news: 70% of HAIs are preventable.
But that’s also the distressing news.
Every year in the United States approximately 2 million patients develop healthcare-associated infections, from which 100,000 die. Of all patients entering a hospital, 5-10% contract a drug-resistant infection that they did not have prior to admission.
• Studies show that 12% of patients who undergo moderate- to high-risk surgical procedures develop healthcare-associated infections.
• 1.7 million HAIs occur annually in acute care hospitals resulting in 100,000 patient deaths per year.
If 70% of HAIs are preventable, even one
patient death is one too many.
Patients are admitted to hospitals and surgical centers for over 40 million surgical procedures in the United States per year. Since this represents only a portion of the millions of hospitalizations associated with nonsurgical procedures, the potential for morbidity and mortality is significant and the need for more innovative ways to prevent infection is crucial.
Surgical settings are an especially important area
for the innovation and ease of the SuctionShield.
More than 90% of surgical procedures are attended by anesthesia specialists. During procedures, airways are kept clear using an oral suction tip. Once the oral suction tip has been in the patient’s mouth, it is covered with secretions, which at a minimum contain normal flora and can potentially contain virulent organisms. This tip should never be allowed to touch any person, object or surface to avoid cross-contamination. Current practices have not addressed this issue and there is no oversight by regulatory agencies to make sure safety protocols are in place.
The SuctionShield simply and efficiently contains the suction tip. We cannot afford to wait for regulations to catch up with current needs.