At Nosocom Solutions, we are committed to addressing the problems in quality of care that have arisen in today's hospitals. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) prevalence survey, about 1 in 25 hospital patients has at least one HAI. In 2011, an estimated 722,000 Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) were reported, an about 75,000 patients died because of HAI during their hospitalization. While focused on caring for the acute medical needs of patients, doctors and other healthcare workers often fail to take simple precautions to ensure the health of those they are treating. Even with all of modern science, many doctors still forget to regularly wash their hands during the day. Unfortunately, there are other causes of HAI that don't get much attention. The lack of cleanliness also extends to the doctor's professional attire, including the admired white coat and safety equipment such as lead aprons.
A recent study at the University of Maryland reported startling statistics. It found that 65% of doctors wash their white coats less than once a week and an even more troubling 15% reported washing their white coats less than once a month. With white coats capable of carrying dangerous bacteria, including those that cause staph infections, upwards of 50 days, it is obvious that the attire of the healthcare worker is contributing to the problem.
Here at Nosocom Solutions, we are dedicated to improving the quality of health care for patients by bringing simple, but effective, technology into the hospital. Our first product, "DCab", provides doctors and other health care workers with an on-site easy to use tool to quickly disinfect and store their lead aprons. With processing times less than 20 minutes for 99% disinfection and the ability to safely store each coat once disinfection is complete, doctors can easily ensure that they start each new shift with a disinfected coat. Using smart RFID and wireless technologies, coats can be monitored and doctors reminded when they fail to meet the cleanliness standards that patients deserve.
We feel that patient care is important and have dedicated our work to creating a safe healthcare environment for patients so that they can quickly return to their families, friends, and overall busy lives. We are excited about the future of our company and hope that you will follow us as we try to change and improve hospital culture through technology.