The World Health Organization estimates that at any time, over 1.4 million people worldwide suffer from infectious complications acquired in hospital. Nosocomial infections (those acquired while in a hospital setting) are a drain on healthcare facilities, staff, funds, and, most importantly, the health and well being of patients. There are many suspected causes, including patient susceptibility, environmental factors, bacteria resistance, and microbial contact (Staphylococcus aureus, coagulase-negative staphylococci, enterococci, Enterobacteriaceae) to unusual entry sites such as an open wound.
The aim of sanitation and hygiene measures in hospitals is to reduce and/or eliminate potential sources of contamination and cross-contact, but visual inspection is not enough. Utilizing preventive testing procedures reduces contamination risk and can provide quantitative measures to substantiate cleaning protocols.
Many testing companies do not have tests that work on fabrics or textiles. The curtains in hospital rooms and fabrics on chairs are focal points for HAI. The Charm PocketSwab Plus ATP test kit works on fabric surfaces as well as hard surfaces such as door knobs, bedrails and portable equipment.The WaterGiene swab is a super-enhanced test to detect total ATP in water, which is a critical indicator of total biologic activity resulting from microorganisms in healthcare water distribution systems. Charm’s tests measure the total ATP found in a sample from all organic sources, which include pathogens and bodily fluids. The tests take seconds to perform and are an easy, cost-effective way for workers to determine if an area needs to be re-cleaned, ultimately reducing the risk of infection and cross-contamination.