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- Infection is the #1 cause of death worldwide and #3 cause of death in USA.
- “Super Bug” mutations are caused by resistance to antibiotics, sterilants, and chemicals.
- 25 years ago 80% of infections were controlled by antibiotics, today less than 50% of infections are controllable
- Health problems caused by the growth of bacteria, fungi, algae, mold and mildew in living and work areas are ever increasing.
- Mold is more lethal than asbestos and more prevalent
- 80% of infections spread by human touch
- Hi-Touch points that are touched by many people, multiple times per day – Door handles, doors, desks, cleaning equipment, toilets, medical equipment
- AC ducts, walls, ceilings, beds, bed linen, uniforms, towels, gym equipment, are also reservoirs for health-damaging bacteria
- Microbial growth is activated by high temperature and moisture
- Standard cleaning chemicals and protocols are often ineffective and short-lived
- Chemical residues and dead microbes become food source for mutated, more resistant microbes
- Professor Vivian Loftness University Professor at Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture studied the cost of dirty air
- Annual direct cost for illness cause by dirty building air is $745 per employee.
- Identifies the cost for Presenteeism… At work but out of it. Average employee lost work time due to building-related health conditions 8.97 days per employee
- 1 in 10 patients contract Hospital Acquired Infections – HAI *
- 100,000 infection related deaths *
- $25,000-$30,000 per infection *
Klevens, R. M. Edwards, J.R., Richards, C.L., Horan, T.C., Gaynes, R.P., Pollock, D.A., Cardo, D.M., 2002. Public Health Rep. 122, 160 (2007)