Sodexo is introducing Protecta, an infection prevention approach for hospitals to guard against healthcare-acquired infections (HCAIs).
The company says the approach offers a proposition that goes beyond simply ensuring that surfaces are visibly clean.
Figures show that each year about 834,000 people acquire a preventable infection while in hospital and at least 12.5 per cent of patients admitted for non-Covid-19 conditions are suspected of contracting the disease while in hospital in England.
The company said that with the added pressure put on the NHS by the Covid-19 pandemic, hospital infection prevention teams are working hard to prevent healthcare-acquired infections (HCAIs) which lead to delayed discharges and increased costs.
Following its recently announced partnership with the Infection Prevention Society (IPS) and Tork to introduce a new Environment, Cleaning and Decontamination (ECD) programme supporting infection prevention practitioners tackle the spread of healthcare infections,
Protecta brings together trained frontline teams, a best-in-class range of cleaning solutions relevant to infection risk, with a focus on outcomes.
Sodexo said that “encapsulating technologies, processes and training, Protecta will promote and support the adoption of best practices in cleaning and decontamination, helping hospitals fight against HCAIs and meet the new National Standards of Healthcare Cleanliness”. All processes, solutions and cleaning frequencies will be aligned to each hospital’s risk categories. The company said that In the US the Protecta programme has been shown to reduce C.diff by 53 per cent and MRSA by 70 per cent and to eliminate Covid-19 from surfaces.
Lauren Kyle, head of cleaning for Sodexo UK & Ireland, said: “Providing a clean and safe environment for patients and staff and improving everyday outcomes has never been more important. The pandemic has raised awareness of the critical role cleaning professionals have in helping to keep healthcare settings safe and clean. The introduction of Protecta further supports this through a consistent outcome-focused cleaning service which uses clinical science and experience to deploy relevant products and practices appropriate to each healthcare setting”.
Simon Lilley, the firm’s healthcare director of strategy and marketing, said: “We understand that HCAIs have a direct impact not only on patient flow, but also patient experience. Going forward we will be working with our acute provider partners to focus on improving outcomes for patients. Protecta is one example of our intention to work with science and data, to implement the right solutions for each area of a hospital based on risk of infection.
“The product range will be constantly developing as a result of relationships we have with the world’s leading suppliers, our expert partners in the UK, the Infection Prevention Society, plus best practice sharing and innovation from Sodexo infection prevention teams globally.”
A wide section of equipment and technologies will come as standard with Sodexo’s Protecta range – selected as being best for purpose for the infection risk of each hospital environment. Investment is also being made into a new Protecta Training Academy to provide specialist infection prevention training and development pathway for Sodexo’s frontline teams. ‘Centres of Excellence’ hospital sites will also be created to trial new cleaning solutions.