Improving Infection Control in Hospitals with Smart Storage Solutions

Everhutch 13 Nov 2023

Infection control is a priority in any safe and competent hospital or healthcare environment. Without effective infection control measures, 1 in 31 patients acquires a hospital-associated infection, equating to 1.7 million people annually in the United States. On average, this can increase the length of hospital admission by 17.6 days and adds billions of dollars to healthcare bills annually. With 80% of pathogens being transferred by touch, it is essential that all staff consistently ensure that hands, surfaces, and equipment are sterile, clean, and ready to use safely at all times.

While infection control measures are an absolute necessity, staff time is also limited, with patients also needing care and attention. Busy departments and emergencies mean that staff and equipment have to be ready to go at all times. Cleaning and sterilizing can be an arduous and time-consuming process, given the sheer volume of the task.

How can EVERHUTCH Hospital Storage Solutions help with infection control?

EVERHUTCH hospital storage solutions make intelligent use of space, with an easy-to-configure system that is moveable, customizable, and available in a variety of sizes that all work alongside existing storage. Our solutions are also designed to assist in providing ease of infection control measures.

With no unnecessary seams, joints, holes, or screws, EVERHUTCH storage solutions are easy to clean and maintain, with no hidden areas to harbor germs and bacteria. The outer shell of the product is fully welded and USA-manufactured. Drawers and trays are fully removable so that even out-of-sight and hard-to-reach areas can be cleaned and sanitized thoroughly.

A specialty color-coded isolation cart option is also available, featuring designated glove box storage, in addition to options for other personal protective equipment such as visors, masks, and aprons. All items are stored safely and securely to minimize the risk of spreading germs and infections between rooms, wards, and patients.

Innovative UV sterilization

EVERHUTCH storage solutions are available with a huge range of customizable add-ons and extras, including ultraviolet disinfection equipment, which is easily added to storage and procedure carts.

Storage can be cleaned after every touch with the ground-breaking UV-CLEAN by Proximity system technology. This is an automated, non-touch device that ensures equipment and surfaces are free from harmful micro-organisms and bacteria.

The award-winning technology deactivates 99.9% of bacteria and viruses with its powerful, germicidal ultraviolet light. In just 2 minutes, the light is effective at reducing Coronavirus, E.coli, influenza, Salmonella, Streptococcus, and Staphylococcus species by 99%.

Final Words

Infection control is more important than ever within busy health settings, with a focus on minimizing cross-contamination, patient safety and mortality, and the prevention of litigious claims. Make your storage solutions work harder by ensuring that they not only make clever use of space but also help staff optimize the use of their time and resources. Minimizing hours spent on lengthy cleaning and sterilization while ensuring cleaning is completed to a high standard assists in reducing the alarming statistics concerning hospital-associated infections and enables health settings to work to a standard of excellence.