The issue with healthcare-associated infections is something we’ve brought attention to several times before here in our blog. The main reason for our engagement is because this is such an immense and complex problem that affects the entire healthcare industry. It’s a global issue that harvests almost 16 million lives every year, while putting enormous pressure on the already scarce resources within healthcare. It also accelerates the formation of multi-resistant bacteria, which in itself is a huge societal challenge.
Anders Bergfeldt, CEO at Texi, addresses the issue:
“We know the challenges that healthcare is facing every day regarding healthcare-associated infections. To put an end to it, every part of the care system must work together – from patient contact to textile management and cleaning. Therefore it goes without saying that we at Texi need to contribute to this project within our field of expertise regarding hygienic and safe handling of work clothes.”
The project is divided into three parts – where the final goal is a “vision zero” regarding healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial resistance throughout the healthcare industry. A joint responsibility is crucial in achieving this.
The project objectives are summarized in the following points:
Lower incidence of healthcare-associated infections and infectious agents within healthcare.
Lower costs and better utilization of resources due to reduced healthcare-associated infections.
Higher patient safety and better accessibility for patients and users.
A better work environment for all healthcare personnel.
A new view of service staff as a central part of hygiene control and healthcare personnel.
Cleaning development through product innovations and evidence-based methods.
“I believe that we, through this project, can help create safer healthcare, where we won’t need to waste valuable resources to cure infections caused by the work itself. This will require every part of the chain within healthcare to have the same strict approach regarding hygiene, and work in the same structured and standardized way in order to prevent the spread of infections,” Anders concludes.