Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are wreaking havoc on the U.S. healthcare system. Of the hundreds of thousands of patients who suffer from HAIs each year, 75,000 die – a number far too high for something that can be prevented. And while hospitals need to broaden and strengthen their infection-prevention strategies, medical-device manufacturers also have a large role to play in minimizing and, ultimately, eliminating HAIs. Why? Many forms of HAIs are transmitted through devices, especially catheters, endoscopes, ventilators and implants.
For years, a growing number of manufacturers have embedded antimicrobials onto the surfaces of already-designed medical devices, which has added another layer of protection for patients. But more can still be done – and more HAS to be done. To play their part in eliminating HAIs for good, manufacturers need to incorporate infection-prevention strategies much earlier in the lifecycle of a product.
In “The Art of Designing for Infection Prevention: The Next Step in the Fight Against HAIs”, Lise Moloney, Sciessent’s director of business development, healthcare, explores the four areas where manufacturers need to think about infection prevention during the design process.
Designing for infection prevention is a very new concept, but it’s the next step that medical-device manufacturers have to take in order to battle these dangerous infections. In our next two blogs, we’ll share the four design areas that can prove vital for reducing HAI risks: educating design teams, designing for easy cleaning, considering active surfaces and evaluating disposable components.