It’s no secret that hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) are rampant in today’s hospitals and other healthcare facilities.
Five percent of people being admitted to the hospital will be affected with HAIs and cost the healthcare system around $35 billion dollars per year. These numbers are alarming, which is why hospitals are taking measures to prevent HAIs.
There are numerous ways to help prevent the spread of infections in hospitals, one of which is the proper cleaning of equipment in the patient room. Because of this, more and more hospital device manufacturers are making products “cleanable”.
HCI is one such manufacturer taking a stance to make cleanable products. HCI makes hospital-grade televisions and patient education/ entertainment systems. One of HCI’s product lines, the Infection Control Series (ICS), features an all-glass front that can be wiped clean with hospital-grade cleaners. One may pose the question, by today’s standards, if you can’t clean the TV, is it truly hospital grade?
Hospital grade televisions need a list of qualities, such as pillow speaker connectivity, to be deemed hospital grade. HCI thinks one more quality should be added to this list- cleanability. HCI brings this “clean” feature to its hospital-grade televisions, which even features a “CLEAN” button. The clean button locks the keypad to allow the unit to be wiped clean with infection-killing cleaners, such a Viraguard®, Cavicide®, or 30-day Wipes™.