Let’s reduce the rate of C. diff related hospital readmissions
Patients infected with Clostridium difficile are twice as likely to be readmitted to the hospital as patients who don’t have C. diff, says a study published in the April issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.
In addition to the human toll exacted by the life-threatening diarrheal infection, hospitals that don’t control C. diff and other health care associated infections will face financial penalties under new rules by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that link payment to performance.
The study at the seven-hospital Detroit Medical Center found that nearly one-third—30.1 percent—of patients with C. diff were readmitted within 30 days, compared to 14.4 percent of patients discharged for all causes. Further, length of stay for readmitted patients with C. diff was significantly longer than for other causes, an extra 4.4 days for C. diff contracted in the community and 6.4 days for C. diff acquired in the hospital.
Researchers called for increased antibiotic stewardship efforts across the healthcare system, including acute care hospitals, long term acute care facilities, and nursing homes.
We think that makes perfect sense. Healthcare institutions can save both lives and money through effective disinfection. The Halo Disinfection System™ is a no touch disinfection system that employs HaloMist™ disinfectant dispensed from the Halo Fogger TM to produce a 6-log kill rate of C. diff spores in the entire room, plus is effective against other pathogens. No UV system can make that claim.
Further, unlike UV systems and manual cleaning, Halo’s aerosolized hydrogen peroxide fog reaches every surface in the room.
When you look at the numbers, the choice becomes crystal clear. The average cost per day for a stay in a nonprofit hospital in the United States is $2,088, according to Becker’s Hospital Review. The cost to disinfect a room with the Halo system is less than $15.
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