Health Care System
Find pro-active, innovative solutions to
continue to improve the facilityâ€™s cleansing/disinfection
The Clean Remote
Noso Control LLC/Clean Remote
Cleaner option for high-touch TV remotes
helps reduce contamination rates
every measure, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is recognized as a
premier healthcare leader â€“ not only in the state of Florida but nationwide
- ranking in the top 5% of hospitals based on its unusually low mortality
and complication rates. Additionally, for six straight years, it has been
recognized as one of "Americaâ€™s Best Hospitals" in U.S. News and World
Report. The 806 bed regional medical center is among the stateâ€™s largest
acute care public health systems and employs more than 4,000 staff members
including some of the countryâ€™s finest nurses. The American Nursesâ€™
Credentialing Center, the premier authority on nursing, has awarded the
hospital "Magnet Nursing Services Recognition" for having the resources to
attract and retain the nationâ€™s best nurses and provide the highest quality
of care to patients.
Never one to rest on its laurels, Sarasota Memorial leadership team is
continually looking to take pro-active measures to ensure the highest level
of safety and wellbeing for every patient entrusted to their care. In
todayâ€™s healthcare setting, a major concern is the patientâ€™s risk of a
nosocomial or "healthcare acquired" infection. The Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention estimates that in the United States, as many as one
in 10 patients or 2 million patients nationwide may acquire such an
infection and about 90,000 people die as a result of such an infection.
While Sarasota Memorialâ€™s incidence rate for nosocomial infections was
already one of the lowest in the region, hospital leaders wanted to explore
innovative infection control solutions that would continue to improve the
facilityâ€™s cleansing/disinfection compliance rate.
Greg Rosenberger, Sarasota Memorialâ€™s Hospitality Services operations
manager, explained that the hospital regularly conducts adenosine
triphosphate (ATP) testing on six "high-touch" items including the nurse
call remote, the telephone receiver, the television remote, the toilet seat,
the bathroom faucet and the bed rail. Each are swab tested 175-200 times
every quarter with the hospitalâ€™s hygiene monitoring system. He noted that
while all six items have the potential for contamination, the nurse call
remote, the telephone receiver and a standard television remote are
particularly challenging due to the their many nooks and crannies.
Eight months ago the hospitalâ€™s supply chain department told Rosenberger
about a new type of television remote called the "Clean Remote" designed
with the keypad sealed under a plastic membrane, which protects against
bacteria and fluids from penetrating the surface. In addition, its flat
non-porous surface makes it easy to clean and disinfect.
Nancy Rodriguez, Environmental Services team
member, Sarasota Memorial, disinfects a Clean Remote
"Our hospitalâ€™s mission is to provide healthcare services which excel in
caring, quality, and innovation. We have a reputation for being â€˜ahead of
the curveâ€™ in most areas of patient care, so we decided to see if this
product could further improve our cleaning/disinfection compliance rate,"
stated Rosenberger. "Our results were immediate. We found a significant
reduction in contamination or residuals left after cleaning. While we
continue to randomly swab-test Clean Remotes, it remains one of the cleanest
high-touch surfaces. Clean Remote has more than lived up to its marketing
claims. We wish that we could design our patient phones and nurse call
buttons to have a surface the same as Clean Remote."
According to Daniel Ruback, vice president of sales and marketing for
Clean Remote, several studies have shown the standard TV remote control is
the most contaminated surface in a patientâ€™s room. Ruback stated, "The Clean
Remote has been scientifically tested to carry 99% less bacteria than all
other remotes tested. For the low cost of a television remote, a healthcare
facility can potentially save someoneâ€™s life as well as the average $15,000
cost per incident for a hospital acquired infection This makes it a simple
and cost-effective solution to significantly reducing or eliminating
hospital acquired infections."
Rosenberger pointed out there are additional savings associated with the
Clean Remote including a higher level of efficiency by the housekeeping
staff who love the new remote as well as a reduction in theft since the
remotes do not resemble standard home remote controls.
Medical staff at Sarasota Memorial, including Dr. Manuel Gordillo, an
infection control physician are pleased that the Clean Remote is helping the
hospital overcome the transmission of nosocomial pathogens and move closer
to its goal of clean and uncontaminated high-touch surfaces near its
patients. According to Dr. Gordillo, this falls in line with recommendations
by the CDC to clean and disinfect high touch surfaces on a more frequent
basis than minimal touch surfaces.