One of the complex responsibilities long term care facility management faces is planning for the unknown. Any healthcare crisis — whether it be from a natural disaster or a worldwide epidemic — affects every element of a LTCF’s plan. Long term care, nursing home, and assisted living facilities’ leaders understand they need to include unknowns in their capital investment planning. In today’s uncertain times capital spending must be beneficial to patients, reduce costs, improve quality, and increase efficiency. Finding investments that hit those marks and offer LTCF an appealing ROI is a formidable challenge. Here is a look at each factor and how investment in infection prevention checks all the boxes for end-of-year planning.
Improve Quality & Increase Efficiency
A key element to addressing value-based care lies in increased efficiency through all areas of a hospital. Thoughtful capital investment in this area empowers departments to get their jobs done more quickly and, with the right tools, more effectively.
Bundling several IP interventions together is a solid strategy for preventing HAIs and a good place to consider end-of-year capital investment expenditures. Leveraging capital for multi-faceted and holistic approaches to IP tools that offer proof of compliance will logically result in improvement of quality.
The American Journal of Infection Control states that bundling UV cleaning technology with traditional manual cleaning is proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of infection. Exposure to UVC light for a specific length of time and intensity kills dangerous microorganisms so deploying them in a long term care facility can combat the spread of dangerous infections, leading to better resident care and long-term saving for the facility. Frequent, proactive use of UVC technology helps reduce the pool of pathogens in your facility, but only when it delivers the exact dose to kill specific microorganisms that cause infections.
The RD UVC system can be deployed throughout long term care, nursing home, and assisted living facilities. It can supply proper dosing to all points of interest in both common and personal resident spaces. In addition, RD UVC is the only UVC disinfection system that measures, records and reports the UVC dosage delivered—in real-time—ensuring you have the proof of compliance data needed for potential government reporting and communication to residents and their families. RD UVC uses proven, patented remote sensors throughout a room that measure and ensure delivery of published UVC doses at all points of disinfection every time.
The right UVC system will:
• Expand upon manual cleaning efforts to reduce the pool of pathogens present in the residential environment
• Lessen the human error factor by delivering proven, measured doses of UV light to eradicate pathogens
• Proactively reduce the costs incurred with treating resident infections and diseases
• Reduce post-infection cleaning service costs by preventing infection spread vs. addressing an outbreak
• Improve resident care and loved ones’ confidence in the facility
An Investment That Hits All The Marks
Investing capital budget on effective infection prevention tools is a smart strategic decision for hospitals’ end-of-year expenditures. With a comprehensive, strategic, holistic plan in place, IP tools can decrease HAI rates and represent real long-term savings for any long term care, nursing home, and assisted living facility.
RD UVC checks off all four of the key capital investment planning boxes. It is the only UV system that offers LTCF staff the ability to deliver and measure the actual UV dose received in a targeted area of interest needed to kill dangerous pathogens. RD UVC is an opportunity to invest in a cost-effective tool that protects patients, manages expenses, elevates care and achieves greater efficiency.