A recent study from the European Commission shows that an additional 16 million extra hospital days were attributed to treating HAIs at a cost of EUR 435 daily, resulting in additional spend of EUR 7 billion per year12. Implementing a whole body wash procedure can reduce the number of HAIs and therefore unnecessary costs associated with treatment.
Whole body washing – enables a safe procedure
Incorporate whole body washing in infection control guidelines
Incorporating whole body washing into infection control guidelines can influence surgical procedures to be genuinely clean from the very start. Using HiBi high quality antiseptic products to prepare patients before and after surgery will help to provide protection against SSIs. HiBiScrub for whole body washing is a highly effective antiseptic solution.
HiBiScrub will keep working long after application, continuously killing bacteria for up to six hours2. This will reduce the natural bacteria found on one in three people’s skin12 by 94%13.
Clinical research on whole body washing
The patient is a source of contamination due to the significant relationship between positive skin culture and wound infection rates14.
A randomized controlled trial published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that whole body washing with HiBiScrub in conjunction with mupirocin nasal ointment can reduce S aureus associated hospital acquired infections by up to 60%5.
Each year in the EU, one in every 20 patients acquires a hospital acquired infection (HAI), leading to 4.5 million infections15. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 2-5% of patients undergoing surgery will acquire a surgical site infection (SSI)12.