A higher quality of clean is needed.
New multidrug-resistant organisms, increasingly infectious bugs, and historically dormant pathogens now on the rise have the healthcare industry on its heels trying to stem the tide. Studies have shown that less than 50% of high-touch surfaces in healthcare settings are adequately cleaned, which can result in healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).
Simply choosing an effective disinfectant isn’t enough. It’s how those disinfectants are used that matters most.
During the fight against Ebola in West Africa, three Columbia undergraduate students realized that the challenge was not in the quality of disinfectants being used to destroy the virus but rather the quality of technique in applying the disinfectants. Unable to see the disinfectant once it was applied, workers often missed spots leading to contaminated critical surface areas.
Being able to visualize surface coverage ensures more efficient and effective cleaning.
Informed by their experience on the ground in an outbreak, the team developed Highlight as a colorizing technology that can be added to the disinfectants already used by hospitals and other facilities. Specially formulated to work with a wide range of disinfecting wipes, Highlight temporarily colors ready-to-use wipes to provide hospital staff with an instantaneous visual cue to confirm complete surface coverage. In various studies, Highlight has been found to measurably improve cleaning quality metrics by as much as 95%.
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