The spread of contagious disease is one of the greatest threats to public health in the 21st century.
The CDC states the spread of contagious disease is one of the greatest threats to public health in the 21st century and antibiotic resistant microorganisms pose “a catastrophic threat” to all countries (CDC, 2013).
In the healthcare setting, infections result in 100,000 deaths, cause millions more to become ill, and cost U.S. businesses and consumers $35-45 billion each year (Scott et al. 2011). Nosocomial infections increase patient length of stay, increase risk of morbidity and mortality, and damage the reputation of healthcare providers.
Commonly known as the “stomach flu,” Norovirus alone causes 21 million infections in spaces such as restaurants, schools, and cruise ships, and drug-resistant infections such as MRSA are increasingly prevalent in community settings such as residences and gyms (CDC, 2013). These pathogens can cause infections in typically healthy individuals and pose a significant threat to a wide range of industries, including travel and leisure, hospitality, and entertainment, food, and athletics.
Infectious germs are easily spread through the surfaces we touch every day and many studies have shown contaminated environments increase the risk of infections (Weber et al. 2013). Microbial reservoirs in the environment are difficult to eliminate, may be resistant to traditional cleaning mechanisms, and can exist on surfaces for up to 7 months (Hota et al. 2004).
Recent technology advancements have resulted in the production of high-output ultraviolet germicidal devices that emit UV-C light to kill microbial reservoirs that cannot be eliminated through janitorial services alone. CSGI uses UV-C to quickly and easily provide 6 log reduction (99.9999%) of infectious bacteria, viruses, and mold from healthcare facilities, homes, restaurants, cruise ships, gyms and more (Kowalski, et al. 2009).
CSGI’s innovative microbial disinfection service offers businesses and individuals a unique opportunity to align human and financial health. Direct cost savings associated with a reduction of infections result in a significant return on investment and can drastically improve the public image of a business.
1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.). Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2013. Atlanta, GA: Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2013. Print.
2. Scott, Douglas, II. "The Direct Medical Costs of Healthcare-Associated Infections in U.S. Hospitals and the Benefits of Prevention." N.p., Mar. 2009. Web.
3. David J. Weber, MD, MPH; William A. Rutala, PhD, MPH, Introduction: Understanding and Preventing Transmission of Healthcare-Associated Pathogens Due to the Contaminated Hospital Environment,Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology , Vol. 34, No. 5, Special Topic Issue: The Role of the Environment in Infection Prevention (May 2013), pp. 449-452
4. Hota, Bala. "Contamination, Disinfection, and Cross‐Colonization: Are Hospital Surfaces Reservoirs for Nosocomial Infection?" Clinical Infectious Diseases 39.8 (2004): 1182-189.
5. Kowalski, Wladyslaw Jan. Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation Handbook: UVGI for Air and Surface Disinfection. Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag, 2009.