CDC Reports Clostridium difficile Spreads 1000x faster in Hospitals

Current CDC reports indicate that the risks of acquiring C. difficile in a hospital setting are 1000x greater than in the community, with symptomatic patients with CDI transmitting C. difficile to the nearby environment at a rate 15 times that of asymptomatic carriers (Emerging Infect Dis, April 2016).  Despite significant focus on the prevention and spread of this dangerous and potentially life threatening GI borne pathogen, patients are more likely to cross its path in a hospital environment than anywhere else.  

 Though the prevention of infections from infectious bacteria and pathogens like C. difficile requires a multi-disciplinary and multi-faceted approach, does it not make sense to control known sources of GI bacteria, before they are able to be transmitted throughout a hospital or care environment?

 Perhaps one of the most predictable, and often overlooked, locations within a hospital for encountering potentially infectious enteric bacteria and pathogens is the GI endoscopy department, where these are generated on a routine and predictable basis simply by nature of the procedures performed.  Imagine reaching up into the GI tract, the known origin of many of the most dangerous and infectious bacteria including C. diff, VRE, CRE, E. coli, anywhere else in a healthcare setting without comprehensive measure in place to identify and prevent routes of transmission to other parts of a facility.  While significant focus has rightly been placed on the cleaning and disinfection of the scopes used, the patient gurneys and linens on which an endoscopy procedure has just been performed are routinely moved throughout the facility, transporting patients to recovery or patient care floors.   

 The ENDODRAPE Containment Systems provide a simple, efficient and cost-effective solution to this challenge, establishing the recommended barrier to protect the high-contact surfaces of the stretcher, patient, and linens throughout the course of an endoscopy procedure.  Upon completion, the ENDODRAPE is quickly removed and disposed of, much like a surgical gown or gloves are removed, quickly shedding infectious bacteria or pathogens before they can be spread.

 Current recommendations and guidelines from the CDC, SGNA, APIC, and ASGE highlight the need for enhanced infection control practices and the elimination of “gaps” along the continuum of care in order avoid preventable risks of infection and maintain safety for both patients and healthcare professionals.  By implementing the ENDODRAPE Containment Systems, you are establishing a standardized and comprehensive process for effectively containing the GI secretions, bacteria and pathogens predictably and routinely encountered during these high volume procedures. 

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