Why Sterilization Products are needed in the Healthcare Industry:

Hospitals and Health Care Providers need help battling against Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI), especially those MDRO based infections. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) impact over 1.7 million patients in the U.S. each year. Similar infections are also on the rise in community settings: a CDC prospective study in 2003 suggested that 12% of clinical MRSA infections are community-associated. Each year and as many as 98,000 die as a result of these infections.

    • HAI’s are the fourth leading cause of death in the USA each year.

    • MDRO or Multidrug-resistant organisms are bacteria and other microorganisms that have developed resistance to several antimicrobial drugs and are responsible for a huge increase in HAI costs and liability over the past five years.

    • Nationwide, about one in 20 patients entering a hospital will get a potentially deadly infection, accounting for some $33 billion in preventable costs, according to the federal Department of Health and Human Services.  The Recent Studies by the US Health and Human Services Department found that Dangers lurk not only in vulnerable places like operating rooms but on some of the most common surfaces, from sink faucets to TV remote controls and keyboards, which can harbor the most deadly bacteria.

    • Transmission of healthcare-associated pathogens most frequently occurs via the hands of healthcare workers, who inadvertently contaminate their hands during various patient care activities including touching contaminated surfaces in healthcare facilities which contributes to the spread of healthcare-associated pathogens. Contaminated surfaces can act as sources from which healthcare workers contaminate their hands, and in some instances, patients acquire pathogens following direct contact with contaminated equipment, devices or other surfaces

  • It is not good enough to clean the high touch surfaces and devices INBETWEEN each patient stay.  These  surfaces and devices must be sterilized during a patient stay to prevent the spread of HAI’s.

Size of the Electronic Device Sterilization Market within the HealthCare Industry:

Each patient bed has a remote control and telephone. Each patient typically has at least one mobile device with them (cell phone). The American Hospital Association estimates that there are over 1.8 Million staffed hospital beds in the USA.

There are over 20 Million hospital beds in the G7 Countries. The AHA estimates that there are over 1.5 million computers and keyboards in use within Hospitals in the USA. Within the broader healthcare industry there are over 5 Million computers and keyboards in use.

The SteriDesign products will be distributed through the companies that currently handle the cleaning and sterilization of hospitals. These companies are actively looking for technologies and solutions which will help them provide better cleaning and sterilization services for their healthcare customers.

The total available market within the United States for SteriDesign’s CURRENT products within the Healthcare industry is over $1.0 Billion Dollars ($300 Million Dollars for device sales and $800 Million Dollars for service)

Main Competitive Sterilization Solutions for high touch surfaces within the Healthcare Industry

Liquid Chemicals/Chemical Wipes

There are many chemicals available in the marketplace for disinfection. These chemicals do not achieve the 99.99% bacterial kill rates required for sterilization. There is a much more limited list of chemicals available for sterilization of device surfaces . These include Ethylene Oxide, Bleach, Formaldehyde, Hydrogen Peroxide, Peracetic Acid and a few others. These chemicals have many drawbacks. They must be handled very carefully.

The cleaning rags that are used with these chemicals must be cleaned using complex processes which are expensive. In order for these chemicals to sterilize the device surfaces they are meant to clean there is a required “dwell time” for the chemical on the device surface. If the chemical is allowed to dry on the device surface and is not removed from the device surface with a second cleaning operation then the chemical itself can do harm to the device surface (cracking, etc), and worse can harm the person using the device if the person gets too much exposure to the residual chemical during use of the device.

Heat/Steam Sterilization

This options is not possible for phones, remotes and keyboards due to the electronics which exist inside the devices

Whole Room UV and Ozone Systems

These systems work well for sterilization between patients but they are not feasible for sterilization during a patient stay.