PETERBOROUGH, CANADA — Nearly one-third of Americans say they have experienced or know someone that has contracted a hospital acquired infection (HAI), according to a press release.
HAIs — which include Clostridium difficile (C. diff), methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
(MRSA) and pneumonia, among others — are the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The researchers also noted that along with proper hand washing, effective cleaning plays a key role in preventing the spread and prevention of HAIs.
"My big concern when reports like this come out is that many hospitals will respond by overusing disinfectants," says Mike Sawchuk, vice president of Enviro-Solutions
and Charlotte Products
"As necessary as they are, it cannot be denied that disinfectants can have a negative impact on the environment," Sawchuk added.