|As we embark on the holiday season, we want to highlight several hospitals around the country that are giving their patients and staff the gift of safety.
San Juan Regional began its Tru-D disinfection program in January of 2014.
With the original goal of six cycles per day, San Juan Regional invested in a second Tru-D device, which has allowed the facility to triple its cycles, averaging 16-18 cycles per day with an average of 300 cycles per month.
“Our current KPI board goal is to disinfect 100% of our contact isolation rooms. Right now we are at 95%. We were only hitting 65% of all contact isolations when we started the UVC disinfection program,” Utahna Ortiz, Manager of Environmental Services and Laundry for San Juan Regional, said.
From 2017 to 2018, San Juan Regional was able to avoid 14 C. diff cases through its process improvement efforts. According to San Juan Regional, the estimated cost of an individual hospital-onset C. diff infection is $11,285. This would translate to an estimated cost savings of $157,990.
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