Combating hospital-acquired infections (HAI) is one of the most urgent challenges facing healthcare facilities today. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in 25 patients in U.S. hospitals contracts an infection as part of their in-patient care. Not only is this a clinical challenge, but also every incidence of an HAI has a direct bearing on an organization’s reputation and nancial reimbursement levels. From a best practices standpoint, the war on HAI must be fought on a number of fronts, varying with the routes of transmittal. An estimated 20-40% of HAIs have been attributed to cross-infection via the hands of healthcare personnel. While this often stems from direct contact with patients, touching contaminated healthcare surfaces is also indirectly responsible.
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