United We Stand Against Hospital-Acquired Infections
Antibiotics play an important role in saving millions of people’s lives each year. Unfortunately, their benefit has been compromised by overuse.
As promised in the President’s September 2014 Executive Order 13676: Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, the White House recently published the National Action Plan to Combat Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria. The plan mainly involves curbing the current over-use of antibiotics and funding research to develop new, more effective ones.
The overall objectives of the plan are to:
- Slow the emergence of resistant bacteria and prevent the spread of resistant infections.
- Strengthen national “One-Health” surveillance efforts.
- Advance development and use of rapid and innovative diagnostic tests.
- Accelerate basic and applied research and development.
- Improve international collaboration and capacities.
While we wait on the agricultural industry to curb its use of antibiotics in our food; wait for doctors to stop over-prescribing antibiotics; and wait for antibiotic research from pharmaceutical companies to catch up to the capabilities of these resistant organisms, we must act with the innovative technologies that exist now to battle these microscopic monsters.
The fight against these organisms may be a difficult one once a patient is infected, but there are solutions like Tru-D SmartUVC that exist to minimize that risk in the first place.
Some of the most common antibiotic-resistant bacteria threatening hospital staff and patient safety today are methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostrium difficile (C. diff), carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) and vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE). Tru-D has been proven to be more than 99 percent effective in killing these organisms in just one run cycle.
The threat of these organisms is so great that, without a drastic change, an outbreak of these pathogens could wipe out significant numbers of our population one day. As the White House forces our agricultural and health care systems to take steps in the right direction, we can begin today to use the technology, like Tru-D, that we have at our fingertips to protect our health care environments.