Current cleaning protocols are certainly improvements over past methods, but still leave three key gaps:
We are proud of our investment to provide an added layer of protection for the environment of care for our patients and staff with the installation of ActivePure. Our priority is to provide our patients with the best care and, in turn, the best environments of care, and we are excited to fulfill that goal with ActivePure's help."
-Raymond Broughton, M.D., medical director of Mostellar
Between 2020 and 2021, a statistically significant 14% increase in healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) attributed to MRSA were reported among national acute-care hospitals. The COVID-19 pandemic had not only stymied reduction efforts but also precipitated a rise in invasive healthcare-onset MRSA (HO-MRSA) infections, with increases seen of 12-34% in national MRSA standardized infection ratios in 2020 compared to 2019.
A medical-surgical intensive care unit (ICU) at a suburban hospital had seen similar increases in HO-MRSA infections-defined as a positive culture on or after the 3rd hospital day-despite no change in clinical practice. Between 2021 and 2022, a prospective study of ActivePure's advanced photocatalytic oxidation (aPCO) technology was conducted at the high-acuity facility, including baseline and regular post-activation surface samplings. No changes were made or required to the hospital's cleaning and disinfection practices, trainings, or schedules during this time.
ActivePure's novel aPCO technology resulted in a reduction of microbial burden and HAIs despite no change in clinical practice. The technology reduced MRSA on frequently touched surfaces in a high-traffic ICU, with corresponding decreases in HO-MRSA cases also seen.
After years of high-stress COVID impacts, finding and retaining skilled nurses and support staff is more difficult than ever.
In a potentially pathogen-rich environment like a skilled nursing facility, nurses and support staff need to feel like their employer is making their health a priority. Equally as important, this commitment to providing every possible layer of protection empowers them to be more successful at their jobs and make a real difference in the lives of their residents. By installing ActivePure Technology in your skilled nursing facility you are showing the world that you place a priority on your people, giving yourself a competitive advantage.
The search for a skilled nursing facility can be a stressful and confusing experience. There are many factors that potential residents and their families take into account, with two of the most important being: