Reducing Hospital Acquired Infections is now a huge priority for hospital maintenance personnel Cross contamination starts on the floor. Starting in 2015, the Affordable Care Act requires that hospitals
will be ranked according to their hospital acquired infection rates.
Hospitals in the bottom 25% range will be financially penalized by the government. These hospitals will see their Medicare payments docked by 1%.
Nationwide, HAI have a huge impact on our lives and our economy. The CDC says that approximately 1 out of every 20 hospitalized patients will contract an HAI. The annual additional cost of treating patients with HAI is $28.4 to $45 billion. The CDC estimates that every year, 100,000 people die from HAI.
A study of patients at the University of Maryland Medical Center found that patients who tested positive for Clostridium difficile, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or vancomycin-resistant enterococci after admission were 60% more likely to be readmitted within 30 days. And, patients who tested positive for the three hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) were 40% more likely to be readmitted within a year.
Reduce slip and fall rates.
The National Floor Safety Institute states that over 60% of nursing home residents fall every year. Falls account for 8 million ER visits every year. Over half of elderly adults who fall and break or fracture a hip never return home.
Falls are also costly from an employer’s perspective. Eighty-five percent of workers comp claims come from slip-and-falls at an annual cost of $70 billion. About a quarter of employees who are out on workers comp claims are off the job for an average of 31 days, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
SIMIX Multi-Surface Coating and All Purpose Cleaner will raise the pH of your floors, stopping viruses, microbes and germs in their tracks. and Reducing Hospital Acquired Infections Our products have the highest “slip co-efficient” of any floor coating on the market today, reducing your slip and fall costs. SIMIX products will keep your patients and staff healthier while saving you money.
Reducing Hospital Acquired Infections with alkalinity
Simix has taken photo-catalytic titanium dioxide, an element found in all paints and colorants in many foods, nano engineered it to be photo-catalytic so it reacts with interior lighting. This process constantly produces hydrogen peroxide keeping treated areas cleaner and sterile longer.
The delivery system for the nano particles is a potassium silicate coating that maintains a ph above eleven so microbes cannot grow on the coating.
To maintain the floor coating an all purpose non-bleach cleaner was developed to maintain the floor that will never be stripped again saving time and money.
Letting a chemical compound do the dirty work
How many times have you visited public washrooms and lamented at the black, moldy walls and dirty, brown floors? How many times have you wished your mother stopped freaking out about the cleanliness of the kitchen tiles? Do you want your fruits to last much longer than they currently do?
The truth of the matter is that there has been a chemical compound hidden in plain sight that holds the solution to all of the above problems, and many more. We need not look beyond the paint we use to coat our walls. This compound is Titanium Dioxide, or TiO2. TiO2 exhibits a photo – catalytic effect, which has come to be known as the Honda – Fujishima effect, after its two discoverers, Akira Fujishima and Kenichi Honda.
In simple terms, a photo-catalyst is a compound that absorbs light energy and uses that to speed up a chemical reaction. It accepts payment in the form of packets of Ultra Violet Radiation photons, and in return, speeds up the reactions between certain compounds. How does this factor in with clean tiles, walls and the kind? Let us look at how this is an extremely useful effect for us, one by one.
Self-Cleaning Tiles and Windows
According to Daniel Blake, principal scientist at the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, TiO2, when exposed to water vapor and UV radiation with a wavelength less than 385 nanometers, rapidly produces two highly reactive substances: the hydroxyl radical [OH] and a superoxide ion [O2-1].
Now if we were to coat the tiles we use in our washrooms, kitchens and offices with a layer of TiO2 that is a micron thick (that is 0.000001 meters), this would equip these tiles with the mechanism to react to, and thus, cleanse everything organic that could fall onto their surfaces. Since we know that most of the grease, dirt, and harmful fungi and bacteria that settles down in these spaces is organic, this mechanism can eliminate all such substances that you would not want moving about. Effectively, this makes the tiles self-cleaning ones, so that whenever something organic drops on to a tile with a TiO2 coating, the compound needs just a little energy from the UV radiation present in the Sun’s light and a little water, and before you know it, the organic attacker would have been decomposed, and the organic invasion repelled. Imagine if this process repeated itself every time something came knocking. Liberating, is it not?
What is more interesting to know is that this technology has been around for a long time, and we are already at the point where multiple products exist in the market that harness the power of TiO2. Admitted, this might be slightly more costly than your average non-coated tiles and windows, but it is most definitely a much smarter investment.Reducing Hospital Acquired Infections
However, what if you are not in the process of constructing or renovating your house, and so you cannot really buy tiles and windows coated with TiO2? We have you covered as well. We have developed surface cleaners that utilize TiO2 nanoparticles to instantly clean and sterilize surfaces that they are sprayed on, within 50 seconds. What is more, these cleaners also leave a long-lasting residue that continues to fight harmful and dirty substances for as long as light is available, and this too, at a most economical price of 40 cents per gallon!Reducing Hospital Acquired Infections