Innovation Leads to a Cleaner Hospital Environment
Patients contracting infections from hospitals is something the industry is fighting. And to make a difference, the hospitals need every tool and technology available that will help create a clean, sterile environment. That’s why one hospital turned to Spacesaver’s® new stainless steel mobile shelving for storage in its laboratory’s walk-in cooler. The stainless steel prevents rust and corrosion while the mobile shelving maximizes storage space.
How Healthcare Acquired Infections affect Hospitals
According to the American Medical Association, 1 out of every 20 hospitalized patients contracts a healthcare associated infection (HAI). In addition to the growing concern hospitals have over HAIs from a patient care perspective, new healthcare reform laws are set to penalize hospitals with the highest rates of HAIs.
Beginning in 2015, hospitals with excessive rates of HAIs will be penalized one percent of their Medicare payments. And hospitals are just the beginning; in the future, these penalties might extend to home health agencies, ambulatory surgical centers, and skilled nursing facilities.
Because of concerns over patient care and the penalties for HAIs, hospitals are searching for solutions to keep medical items as clean and sterile as possible. Spacesaver responded to this demand with stainless steel mobile shelving.
Stainless Steel Mobile Shelving in the Hospital Laboratory’s Walk-In Cooler
One award-winning hospital in Virginia was redesigning its laboratory and needed a sterile storage system that would also maximize space in their walk-in cooler. Spacesaver’s stainless steel mobile shelving was the best solution because it prevents the rust and corrosion usually caused by humidity and temperature. The stainless steel option was also the logical choice for its easy cleaning ability.
Dual controls were installed in the shelving for access into the system from both ends, resulting in a cooler space that not only ensures an uncontaminated environment, but also substantially increases storage space.
Contact Us for Stainless Steel Mobile Shelving
Southwest Solutions Group® designs and installs stainless steel mobile shelving. To learn more about this solution and other ways to reduce HAIs in your hospital, give us a call at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message and we will put you in contact with the hospital storage expert in your area.