Hospital Surface Disinfection

Better, faster outcomes at a lower cost.

Environmental Services: Improving Patient Satisfaction

E-Mist provides an innovative, comprehensive, and effective healthcare technology to improve and expand the effectiveness of Environmental Services (EVS). To help minimize pathogen surface contamination, the CDC has redefined standards for environmental services. These new guidelines ensure safety and patient satisfaction. Learn how your EVS team can improve Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) scores and Triple Aim initiatives:

  • Reduce the risk of infection
  • Minimize pathogen surface contamination
  • Triple Aim improvement
  • Improve patient experience of care
  • Improve the health of populations
  • Reduce per capita cost of health care
  • Increase HCAHPS scores
  • Improve employee morale & retention
  • Enhance your reputation

The Problem

Environmental Contamination Leads to HAIs

  • 100,000 people will die this year from an infection acquired in healthcare settings (205 people each day)
  • 1.7 million HAIs occur in U.S. hospitals every year (2002 CDC Report)
  • Estimated cost to healthcare system is $45 billion annually
  • Antibiotic use is spiraling out of control
  • Less than 50% of environmental surfaces are properly disinfected

  • Human error, patient infections and exposures increase HAI instances
  • Emerging infectious pathogens such as MRSA survive days/weeks/months
  • Cross contamination of microorganisms from environmental surfaces is directly related to patient infections
  • Contact with surfaces results in hand contamination

Barriers

Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs)

  • Cleaning is not disinfecting: Clean surfaces are often considered the same as disinfected surfaces
  • Ineffective procedures: Existing disinfection methods including wipes or spray and wipe are not effective
  • Failure to follow guidelines: Major reasons for infection transmission are inadequate cleaning, improper selection of a disinfecting agent, and failure to follow recommended CDC cleaning and disinfection procedures
  • Supplemental no-touch technologies are expensive: Hydrogen peroxide foggers and UV Light range from $30-$100K+
  • Training: suppliers do not provide comprehensive training and ongoing education (in-person and virtual)
  • Quat binding takes place when the active ingredient becomes attracted to and absorbed into fabrics resulting in an ineffective disinfectant
  • Dwell time is required to obtain the efficacy that disinfectants advertise: Slow or poor performing disinfectants results in incomplete or ineffective disinfection
  • If your spray and wipe disinfection practice does not include multiple applications to achieve the requisite wet times, you may be leaving your healthcare facility open to HAIs

  • Healthcare personnel frequently contact environmental surfaces in patients’ rooms providing increased opportunity for contamination of gloves and/or hands
  • Admission to a room previously occupied by a patient with infectious pathogen increases risk of new patient acquiring that pathogen by 39-353% (Rutalla/Weber). An example: increased risk for C. difficile is 235% more likely
  • Visual assessment is not a reliable indicator of surface disinfection
  • No Touch technology supplements, but does not replace surface disinfection

About E-Mist

  • We help healthcare organizations prevent and reduce HAIs
  • Founded on a legacy of electrostatic science and technology
  • The E-Mist Infection Control System eliminates traditional disinfectant methods by providing a mobile, touchless, safer, and more cost-effective approach to environmental surface disinfection

  • Provides a balanced approach of cost and quality to improve outcomes
  • Eliminates environments as the source of pathogen transmission
  • 30 years’ experience in the electrostatic technology industry
  • Used to remediate the 2014 Ebola crisis in Dallas, TX
  • 2016 Innovation of the Year Winner
  • Food Logistics FL 100 Technology Winner
  • Healthcare Heroes 2015 Winner

Why Electrostatics

  • Effective disinfection reduces contamination
  • Electrostatics has been used for decades in the auto, agricultural, inkjet and photocopier industries
  • Electrostatic technology is easily understood: opposite charges attract and like charges repel
  • A positively charged disinfectant has greater surface adhesion because most surfaces are either negative or neutral

  • Ensures a more consistent and uniform disinfectant coating
  • More consistent droplet size and magnetic attraction improves chemical wet time
  • Effective surface disinfection reduces healthcare-associated infections
  • Reduces chemical costs 35-50%
  • Reduces labor costs 25-45%
  • Empowers your staff
  • Can be used with your preferred, water-soluble liquid disinfectant

Safe & Effective

  • Charged disinfectant particles actively seek oppositely charged surfaces
  • Positively charged droplets repel one another to provide uniform coverage on surfaces or objects
  • Can disinfect 54,000 sq ft in one hour
  • Provides coverage on all touch points, not just the horizontal surfaces
  • Particles don’t suspend or linger
  • Average mean diameter is 85 microns
  • Foggers are between 10 and 20 microns
  • Micro-misters are between 20-40 microns
  • Adheres like a magnet to horizontal and vertical surfaces, even the underside of tables, chairs, and counters, which are high touch points not currently treated in most healthcare settings

  • Eliminate environmental as a source of pathogens: no touch room disinfection and ongoing room disinfection

Products

  • Backpack or Roller Cart Option
  • Patented. Cordless. Mobile. Touchless.
  • Requires no wiping – just apply disinfectant and move on

  • Easier to use, more affordable, and more effective than spray & wipe, wipe & go, fogging or UV systems
  • 2-hours of continuous application
  • Use your disinfectant (EPA-approved, water soluble)
  • Covers up to 54,000 sq. ft. per hour
  • SanoTech 360™ Certified Process available
  • Better, faster outcomes at a lower cost.
  • Contact us below for your free cost-benefit analysis – we’ll show you how much you can save

SanoTech 360™ Certified Process

  • The SanoTech 360™ Certified seal of approval is the sign that an organization has met the requirements for proper surface disinfection
  • In a time when CMS is heavily measuring patient experience, SanoTech 360™ Certified provides a unique and marketable advantage and message to all publics

  • Developed from CDC guidelines for proper surface cleaning and disinfecting
  • Certified organizations demonstrate to the public their commitment to the health of the people they serve

Financial Implications

System Savings
  • Reduces labor up to 45%
  • Reduces chemical costs up to 50%
  • Better outcomes. Less infections. Fewer readmissions.