Hospital-acquired infections affect an increasing number of patients and consume a significant amount of healthcare expenditure.
The necessary use of invasive procedures and immunosuppressive therapy provide opportunities for contaminants to gain access and establish infection, whilst the rise in antibiotic resistance in common pathogens threatens to reduce the therapeutic options available to the clinician dealing with often life-threatening infectious complications.
Prevention of infection has therefore become more important than ever. The control of contamination in individual procedures and in the healthcare environment can reduce significantly the incidence of nosocomial infections and the cost of treating them.
Filtration devices that provide effective barriers to potential pathogens have been shown to reduce infectious complications in respiratory and intravenous therapy and have been demonstrated to be capable of preventing cross infection in anaesthesia and minimally invasive surgery. The removal of potential pathogens from water and medical gases protects patients from environmental organisms that can be opportunistic pathogens in immunocompromised individuals. Furthermore, the removal by filtration of immunosuppresive white cells from blood transfusions has been demonstrated to have a positive impact on post-surgical infection.
For those interested in reducing nosocomial infection and containing healthcare costs, Pall Medical provides a range of innovative medical devices that make a positive contribution to patient protection against infectious complications of many healthcare procedures.