Burns intensive care unit beds tend to be among the most expensive beds – on a fully costed basis – within a hospital.
The risk of infection on Burns Units
Is it really possible and realistic to adopt a zero tolerance approach to ‘hospital acquired infection’ on a burns units with an appropriate infection control bundle?
Burns are a significant cause of illness and death worldwide. One estimate suggests that 300,000 people die from fire-related burns each year. It is estimated that 40,000 people are hospitalised each year in the USA and 12,000 in France as a result of burns.
Burns-related wounds are at particular risk of bacterial infection or colonisation due to damage to the skin and trauma-associated impact on the immune system. Infections are one of the principal causes of death among successfully hospitalised severe burn patients. Indeed, one study estimated that 75% of deaths of burns patients are due to infection-related complications.
Burns patients are particularly susceptible to HAI – with bad outcomes, including death. Burns units are expensive to run. BQ’s HPV technology can help reduce HAI in Burns Units.