Consider Compatibility: Safeguarding Financial Health & Standards of Care

Categories: Articles & Healthcare June 2, 2017

PDI Healthcare’s Senior Scientist, Chris Snively, PhD, wrote an article on compatibility for the Becker’s Hospital Review.


Consider Compatibility: Safeguarding Financial Health & Standards of Care

Becker’s Hospital Review (beckershospitalreview.com)

Authors: Chris Snively, Ph.D, Sr. Scientist, Compatibility, PDI & Edward Kung, Ph.D, Sr. Manager, Healthcare Technology & Innovation, SABIC

Excerpt:

When it comes to preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), the importance of thoroughly and effectively disinfecting surfaces might seem self-evident. But the process is more nuanced than it may appear, with far reaching implications for infection prevention.

What is compatibility?
Surface material compatibility – the ability of material to be exposed to a disinfectant’s chemistry without exhibiting reduced functionality as a result – exists when a material’s chemical resistance aligns with a disinfectant’s particular chemical profile. When the two are in sync, a healthcare facility’s devices can be properly cleaned and maintained, ensuring patient safety and streamlined operations. When overlooked or administered improperly, a lack of compatibility can lead to more rapid wear and tear of equipment material, a situation with serious implications for infection prevention and healthcare facilities overall.

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