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    Altering Sterilization Processes in Healthcare Settings

    In February 2013, the University of Chicago opened it’s new hospital pavilion, reforming a new standard of healthcare quality. The Environmental Health Perspectives, a peer-reviewed open access journal, was quick to analyze what everyone else was talking about: the pristine appearance absolutely devoid of microbial life.

    At The Allergy and Environmental Treatment Center, LLC, we strive to provide the cleanest and safest atmosphere for all of our patients. Allergens exist in a multitude of places, giving our specialists more encouragement to keep our facility flawless and to the highest standard of sterile. Our Center is located in Scottsdale, allowing patients from across the valley central access to our unmatched care, immunizations, and treatments.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 5 percent of people admitted into hospitals for an overnight stay will acquire an infection. This could lead to 99,000 deaths per year and cost the nation $10 billion. While physicians’ office and hospitals have been fighting this phenomenon for years, researchers now believe that attempting to kill all potential bacteria isn’t the answer. Instead, Jack Gilbert; an environmental microbiologist at Argonne National Laboratory, suggests that we should try to “cultivate nonpathogenic bacteria on hospital surfaces, then we could see if that would lead to a healthier hospital environment.”

    Humans use antibiotics to disrupt various human microbes in the body and hospital sterilization could function with this same strategy. While bleach and other sterilizing efforts work in the short term, healthcare systems believe a new approach to cleanliness can be achieved. Researchers believe that building design changes (i.e. humidity and ventilation systems) could “reduce the number of pathogens in the indoor environment.”

    This new mentality to improve the health of patients in hospital settings could improve the US healthcare system completely. At The Allergy and Environmental Treatment Center, LLC, patients seek our help to relieve allergy symptoms, not revive them. We ensure that our ventilation is changed and cleaned frequently as well as multiple daily cleanings to all of our office equipment. Dr. Liszewski and the Allergy and Environmental team take extra strides to ensure that every patient has a safe and positive experience when they enter the facility.

    To learn more about new sterilization attempts to healthcare systems across the US, visit http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/122-A182/#r1.

    Providing the most comprehensive testing, diagnosis, and treatment of allergy diseases, The Allergy & Environmental Treatment Center, LLC is the leading allergy clinic in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area. If you suffer from environmental, food, or chemical allergies, don’t wait any longer and call us now at (480) 634-2985!

    The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

    @The Allergy & Environmental Treatment Center, LLC, 2014

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