Every year, between 400,000 and 600,000 patients in Germany acquire infections in hospitals. Some of these hospital-acquired infections, or HAIs (technically known as “nosocomial infections”, nosokomeion being the Greek word for hospital) are harmless, but some end in the death of the patient. To maintain high standards in hospital hygiene, doctors who specialise in hygiene work with infection control teams to minimise the risk of hospital-acquired infections and thus avoid the pain and distress that so often accompanies them.
Potentially infectious biological samples pose a high risk in this context. In hospitals, patient specimens are transported back and forth on a regular basis, and unless they’re packaged correctly (even if they’re not leaving the building!) they carry a high risk potential for spreading hospital-acquired infections. Lots of work, in other words, for the infection control teams!
Teaching hospitals find DEBATIN’s solutions
The scientific journal M&K recently interviewed DEBATIN’s CEO Thomas Rose to find out more. In the interview, which was published in the journal at the beginning of October, Thomas Rose clarifies just how important health and safety measures are for hospital staff when transporting biological samples. “Employees don’t want to – and should not – be contaminated or endangered by infectious substances. The other side of the coin is the patients, who have a right to know their samples are assigned and transported correctly, so that results are not impacted. Because no fewer than sixty to seventy percent of all treatment decisions are based on the results from the lab!”