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Mastering microbes in the healthcare setting

by Sean Ruck , Contributing Editor
Two of the top priorities for hospitals and outpatient healthcare facilities are patient outcomes and staff safety. However, harmful — and all too prevalent — microbes such as MRSA and C. diff make it challenging for medical facilities to protect their patients and staff from cross contamination. In these facilities, every surface can be a breeding ground for germs and bacteria, making it no easy feat to maintain sanitary conditions and minimize the risk of infection.

Consider that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that every year, two million hospital patients contract a healthcare-associated infection, resulting in an estimated cost of $45 billion annually and leading to 100,000 patient deaths. Those are sobering statistics.

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In contrast to a leaching technology, in which the cell membranes of microbes are poisoned, Tile Doctor Shield (The Shield) provides a mechanical barrier of antimicrobial protection. Upon direct contact with surfaces treated with the antimicrobial, the cell membranes of microbes are physically “speared” (ruptured). The modified surface becomes inhospitable to a broad spectrum of bacteria, algae and fungi. No chemical remains to be consumed by microbes — or by humans.
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