HealthySole in Medical Clinics
Due to extremely high levels of cumulative microbial load, medical clinics are high risk areas for those with compromised immune systems and can lead to further proliferation of infectious diseases. Many patients are at risk of contracting infections worse than what originally lead them to seek medical attention in the first place.
According to 2012 statistics, there were nearly 800,000 practicing doctors of medicine in the U.S. The environments these professionals use to treat their patients are often a reservoir of dangerous organisms. Due to the high turnover of sick and often immune deficient patients, a doctor’s clinic or laboratory can be a location where infections are acquired by airborne or horizontal translation. Sick patients often carry the very organisms that have already infected them on the soles of their shoes. These organisms are carried into a doctor’s office or medical clinic. Once those organisms transfer to the floors, they become aerosolized and can be inhaled, land on wounds, equipment, or other surfaces, becoming a threat of cross contamination. Patients and staff can pick up organisms in a clinic on their shoes and carry them into the community or where they live.
When someone is visiting a primary care clinic, urgent care, dentist, laboratory, or even more specialized clinics such as gynecology, pediatrics, oncology, urology, infectious disease specialty or any other medical office environment, there is a risk of acquiring an infection. Clinics and labs should have protocols in place to minimize the abundance of organisms traveling into, throughout and exiting the environment on the soles of shoes.