Staphylococcus aureus, commonly referred to as “staph,” are bacteria frequently found on the nose or skin. Approximately 20-30% of people carry staph but are not infected (CDC, 2007). Staph bacteria are the most common causes of skin infections such as pimples and boils in the United States. They are usually harmless, but if the organisms enter the bloodstream through a cut or wound, they can cause an infection that can spread throughout the body.
Clostridium Difficile is a different type of bacteria that is resistant to some antibiotics as well as alcohol-based hand sanitizers. It is normally present in our digestive tracts, but is kept in check by other normally-occurring bacteria. Currently, there are several antibiotics that are effective against C-diff, but it is important to prevent its transmission. Take antibiotics only when needed, proper cleaning in hospitals and hand washing helps.
Vancomycin-resistant Enterococc is now present in all 50 states in the US, and it's now starting to emerge internationally with reports in Europe, Japan, and Central and South America. The number of isolates continues to grow, and the resistance to alternate therapeutic agents continues to be a problem. Even with the recent release in the United States of 2 additional agents, there are great concerns that resistance to those agents may emerge rapidly.
The Purealizer air purifier is designed to be the most cost-effective solution to the growing problem of contagious airborne pathogens. With its unobstrusive design, the Purealizer can provide to be a powerful weapon in reducing or eliminating both volatile organic compounds(VOCs) and harmful airborne pathogens, including measles.
The CDC estimates that 2 million Healthcare-associated Infections (HAIs) cause or contribute to 99,000 deaths each year. HAIs costing the US economy an estimated $45 billion annually. Healthcare-associated Infections are a leading concern for medical professionals and patients. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 5 to 10 percent of all patients contract at least one HAI during their stay in an acute-care hospital. There are indications that the future of surgery as we know it may be affected because of uncertainties and fears of post-operative infections. The CDC estimates that 2 million HAIs, from all types of bacteria combined, cause or contribute to the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, greater than breast cancer, AIDS and automobile accidents combined.