HealthySole in Ambulatory or Outpatient Surgery Centers
Ambulatory or outpatient surgery centers (ASC’s) have become a major surgical resource for patients in the United States. In 2013 statistics showed a large increase in the number of ASC’s (5,260) from 15 years prior (1,000). ASC’s, much like surgical wards within a hospital, have contaminated floors and air within and surrounding their operating rooms. Infectious pathogens will migrate throughout an ASC on the soles of shoes. Once organisms transfer from shoe soles to floors, they become aerosolized. This infects patients and staff through inhalation, landing on a patient (open wound), or horizontal translation from a contaminated person or equipment. By adding HealthySole® to an ASC’s infection control program, the center will have a lower overall microbial load. In doing so, ASC’s will provide a cleaner and safer environment for patients and staff by reducing the opportunity for pathogens to proliferate, thus reducing HAI’s.
Because ASC patients are discharged the same day, it is difficult to compile HAI data related to ASC’s. Patients generally show signs of an infection well after being discharged from an ASC, and seek medical attention at a health care facility other than the ASC. Surgical site infections (SSI’s) are a large segment of the overall HAI’s that occur in health care. It has been determined that 36% of HAI’s are SSI’s or infections acquired during a surgery.1 An estimated 25 million surgical procedures are performed in ASC’s annually, making HAI’s an inevitable issue in ASC’s.
1 Eyal Zimlichman, MD, MSc; Daniel Henderson, MD, MPH; Orly Tamir, PhD, MSc, MHA; Calvin Franz, PhD; Peter Song, BSE; Cyrus K. Yamin, MD; Carol Keohane, BSN, RN; Charles R. Denham, MD; David W. Bates, MD, MSc Health Care–Associated Infections A Meta-analysis of Costs and Financial Impact on the US Health Care System JAMA Internal Medicine December 9/23, 2013 Volume 173, Number 22 2039-2046