A recent study published in the American Journal of Infection Control reveals that when two long- term, acute-care hospitals used reusable mattress covers, their rate of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) was reduced by 50%.
Trinity Guardion CEO, Bruce Rippe will be discussing that study with attendees at ARTA’s upcoming Education Conference in Orlando, March 9-11.
The two hospitals, St. Vincent Seton Specialty Hospital Indianapolis and St. Vincent Seton Specialty Hospital Lafayette used the bed covers for 14 months, starting in May of 2013. The study compared instances of hospital-acquired clostridium difficile by comparing infection rates before and after the two hospitals began using launderable mattress covers provided by Trinity Guardion.
Edmond Hooker, an associate professor in Health Services Administration at Xavier University in Cincinnati, led the research along with Dr. Mark Bochan, an infectious disease physician with Infectious Disease of Indiana. Hooker’s previous research showed hospital mattresses that are disinfected using current industry-wide practices are still dirty after disinfection.
“The hospital mattress is clearly the highest contact point for patients during their hospital stay and hospital linen does not provide a protective barrier for patients,” said Hooker.
Learn more about this new class of reusable textile and how it can help your clients reduce HAIs at the ARTA 2016 Education Conference. Trinity Guardion CEO, Bruce Rippe, will speak on March 10. www.ARTA1.com.
Pictured above: Trinity Guardion’s reusable mattress cover, above, is just one of the new infection control products featured at ARTA’s 2016 Education Conference, March 9-11 in Orlando.