100,000 patients per year that will contract an HCAI and approximately 5,000 of these results in death, with a further 15,000 partially attributable (Plowman, Hospital Acquired Infection, 1997). Plowman’s (1999) study stipulated that HCAI’s caused patients to remain in hospital for an additional 14 days at extra cost of £3154 per patient; this equates to a total cost of approximately £1Billion per annum to the NHS (Plowman, The socioeconomic burden of hospital acquired infection, 2000).
APEX has invested to develop a state of the art decontamination facility to ensure we help to tackle the on-going costs caused by HCAI’s. We have the ability to offer a range of bespoke, contracted or ad-hoc decontamination solutions for both static and dynamic pressure area care mattresses and covers, in addition medical beds, hoists and riser recliner chairs.
Our decontamination process is in line with full NHS guidelines and is based around single patient use. Our rigorous cleaning and quality control processes are meticulously followed and regularly audited both internally and independently, with regular swab tests performed to assess the cleanliness of our facility.
All equipment has a complete audit trail, once cleaned and quality checked, all systems are certificated with a decontamination certificate as evidence that the equipment has completed our decontamination procedure.