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Infectious Disease Research Finds the Laundering of Removable Bed Barriers More Effective at Reducing Hospital-Acquired Infections Keeping Patients Safe

Infectious disease research highlights that laundering removable bed barriers is more effective at reducing hospital-acquired infections and keeping patients safe

A new peer-reviewed study published today in Sage Journals’ Infectious Disease Research and Treatment publication, found that cleaning and disinfecting mattresses by using removable, launderable bed barriers is more effective at eliminating bacteria that cause C. diff, MRSA, and E.coli than manual processes using chemical disinfectants. These findings indicate a new, much-needed industry best practice that hospitals must adopt to keep patients safe – especially in today’s COVID-19 reality as more patients begin to re-enter hospitals and resume elective procedures.

Most hospitals currently conduct a manual one-step process of cleaning hospital beds and mattresses, despite being off-label use of the disinfectant and the manufacturer’s multi-step instructions for cleaning and disinfection. Studies have also shown that mattresses, which are difficult to disinfect, contribute to the high rates of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) in the United States. These concerns prompted ECRI to cite mattress contamination as one of its top health hazards in both 2018 and 2019.

“We evaluated the effectiveness of the commercial laundry process under extreme test conditions, using high concentrations of soilage, blood, and urine. Laundering the removable bed barriers eliminated every major organism that contributes to HAIs—when the fabric was tested both at the beginning and end of life of the barrier,” said Edmond Hooker, MD, DrPH, an epidemiologist and practicing physician who co-authored the study, “The findings are both significant and timely as hospitals grapple with growing concerns about patient safety and how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other diseases. The time is now to take action and protect patients with this evidenced-based approach to cleaning and disinfecting.”

The commercial laundry process detailed in the study provides detergent, bleach, agitation, and repeatability. These elements allow bacteria and spores to be physically separated from the barrier surface. The chlorine works to kill residual organisms. Multiple rinse cycles allow the microorganisms to be removed from the washing machine.

“The current state of cleaning and disinfecting beds and mattresses is dangerous because it can leave residual bacteria that can be transmitted from patient to patient. However, laundering removable bed barriers provides an alternative. It eliminates issues with insufficient removal of pathogens from the patient surface, ” said Ardis Hoven, MD, Professor of Medicine at the University of Kentucky and an Infectious Disease consultant to the Kentucky Department for Public Health. “Unlike the commonly used manual process, it exceeded FDA guidance on this type of device. Hospital administrators must translate this new knowledge into action to protect the patients and families they serve.”

Trinity Guardion, the maker of the Soteria Bed Barrier – a removable and launderable bed barrier – sponsored the study. Dr. Hooker is a professor at Xavier University’s Department of Healthcare Administration and associate professor at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. To view the full study results, please visit the publication website.

 

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Xavier University Researchers 2015 Study Demonstrated That By Using Launderable Mattress Barrier Cover Could Decrease the Number Of Patients Who Became Infected With C. difficile by 50%

 

In 2010 Xavier University researcher
Dr. Edmond Hooker began research delving into a possible link between hospital beds and healthcare acquired infections (HAIs).

It immediately became apparent that hospital mattresses have been frequently linked to outbreaks of HAI;s. Hospital mattresses are soft porous surfaces.

They are designed to allow moisture to move away from the patient to prevent skin breakdown and bedsores. However, this design makes it impossible for the mattress surface to be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected using currently available cleaning products.

Dr. Hooker’s first line of scientific inquiry was to culture the surfaces of mattresses that had been “terminally” cleaned and were ready for the next patient. In 2011, the Xavier team showed that these mattresses were still contaminated with pathogenic bacteria despite having been cleaned.

Again in 2012, while investigating the use of a launderable mattress barrier cover,

Dr. Hooker showed that mattresses cleaned using traditional hospital methods were still contaminated with pathogenic bacteria.

Prior research demonstrated that patients who are placed in a bed where the previous patient had Clostridium difficile (C. diff) and/or other bacterial infections are at an increased risk of acquiring those infections.

In 2015, researchers from Xavier University published the results of a landmark study. It demonstrated that, by using the launderable mattress barrier cover in two long-term acute care hospitals (treating extremely ill patients), they could decrease the number of patients who became infected with C. diff by 50%, even when the beds of C. diff patients had been cleaned using bleach.

Another recent study, just published in JAMA, demonstrated that hospital beds are the vector for transmission of C. diff even from asymptomatic patients who had occupied the same bed and received antibiotics during their hospital stay.

It is clear that the hospital environment, especially the hospital bed, is a major vector in the transmission of C. diff and many other bacteria that cause HAIs.

Healthcare providers must find ways to ensure that hospital mattresses are cleaned and disinfected properly between patients, and that additional non-chemical measures are taken, if available, to protect patients.

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Trinity Guardion Bed Protection System Proven To Reduce C. diff., A Healthcare-Associated Infection, By 50%

IN THE NEWS………….

Trinity Guardion was selected by Xavier University’s Center for Innovation to present their Bed Protection System, which is proven to reduce a Hospital Acquired C.diff infection by 50%, at Healthovate! Summit on Thursday, June 11. The 2015

Xavier Center for Innovation (CFI) Healthovate! Summit is co-sponsored by Intel-GE Care Innovations. “Trinity Guardion is the world’s only manufacturer of launderable bed covers specifically engineered to eliminate bacteria, spores and viruses from a hospital bed mattress. I’m excited to present this patented technology with over 6 years of research behind it to this esteemed group of innovators,” states Bruce Rippe, Trinity Guardion’s Chief Operating Officer.

Healthovate! Summits give healthcare leaders an opportunity to share their expertise and engage in conversations with other leaders from other industries. Trinity Guardion will also be presenting at similar events in Boston (July 31), Chicago (Oct 5), and Nashville (Oct 28). “Our mission at the CFI is to use innovation to solve complex problems. I can’t think of a more important challenge facing our society than how we keep people healthy, while reducing costs and improving overall well-being,” said Shawn Nason, Chief Innovation Officer at Xavier University. “By bringing together a diverse community of people, all committed to health, I am confident we can find meaningful solutions and innovative technologies and systems that will transform the healthcare industry—not to mention better ways to educate and prepare students to work in and lead healthcare in the future.”

Over 40 area start-up hospitals, universities, national organizations, healthcare professionals, and Xavier alumni will learn how this innovative mattress cover acts as a barrier to prevent bacteria and fluids, which can be harbored in a hospital mattress as a result of ineffective cleaning, from coming in contact with a patient. Due to its abilities in preventing viruses such as Ebola and other bacteria from penetrating through the cover, hospitals have begun to implement the covers in their infection control wards. Last year, the innovative technology of the Trinity Bed Protection System was recognized when the honorable mention for the 2014 NALTH Goldberg Innovation Award was awarded to St. Vincent Seton Specialty Hospital, Indianapolis for their use of the mattress cover in their facility.

Tested in two Midwestern hospitals, the Trinity Bed Protection System does not impede bed operation or any clinical aspects of the underlying mattress. In fact, it helps reduce terminal clean time, while improving asset life of the bed.

The Trinity Bed Protection System from Trinity Guardion makes bed surfaces cleaner for every person every time.

About Trinity Guardion: Trinity Guardion is the result of an international collaboration of scientists, doctors and academic professionals in the healthcare industry, united in the concern that hospital beds are not clean. This concern was corroborated by peer reviewed research that is available upon request. The product line includes mattress covers for most brands of hospital beds, therapy tables and pillow cases.