Tyvek® Plays Key Role in HAI Prevention
When it comes to healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), you know the stakes are high. According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 5% of all hospitalized patients develop HAIs. And, when you look at CDC statistics across all healthcare settings—hospitals, long-term acute care facilities, dialysis clinics, ambulatory surgical centers, nursing homes/skilled nursing facilities and physician’s offices—there are more than 1 million HAIs occurring annually.
HAIs contribute to the deaths of tens of thousands of patients each year and result in billions of dollars of excess healthcare costs in the United States alone. Adding to the severity of the situation is the fact that an estimated 1 in 5 HAIs shows some form of drug resistance, complicating treatment for the patients and increasing costs.
As you well know, many HAIs can be prevented through the strict adherence to evidence-based best practices. Best practices that focus on areas such as person-to-person transmission and prevention of transmission from the environment, including the sterile barrier system.
The medical package, also known as the sterile barrier system, plays an important role in HAI prevention. But not all medical packages provide the same level of protection.
DuPont™ Tyvek® is recognized as a standard of excellence for sterile barrier systems because it provides a higher degree of protection for medical devices and supplies than any other porous material used for sterile packaging applications.
The unique structure of Tyvek® gives it inherent advantages over other materials for sterile barrier systems. Specifically, Tyvek® offers:
- Outstanding resistance to microbial penetration. Even under the most rigorous conditions in highly contaminated environments, Tyvek® is highly resistant to penetration by bacterial spores and other contaminating microorganisms.
- Significantly reduced risk of package failure. Compared to medical-grade papers, Tyvek® provides superior puncture resistance and tear strength, which means that it does not puncture easily and tears do not readily propagate if a package is nicked.
- Low risk of device contamination. Particulate generation tests comparing Tyvek® to medical-grade papers provide conclusive evidence that Tyvek® generates far fewer airborne particulates that could contaminate either the medical device or the sterile field.
As one of the first lines of defense against infection during surgeries and invasive procedures, the sterile barrier system is a key component to the successful prevention of surgical-site infections (SSIs), catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs), central-line associated blood stream infections (CLABSIs) and other HAIs. Sterile barrier systems consisting of Tyvek® provide a higher degree of protection that those consisting of other porous packaging materials because Tyvek® offers an optimum balance of microbial penetration resistance, tear strength, puncture resistance and clean peel.
Simply stated, Tyvek® provides protection when it matters most, helping you to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs by enabling sterility maintenance of medical devices and supplies to the point of use.