Highlight®: The new standard of infection prevention
THE STATUS QUO
Studies have shown that personnel error is responsible for most environmental cleaning failures, with only half of surfaces being properly decontaminated in most healthcare settings [1,2]. The consequences are real. During the 2014 Ebola outbreak, 1 out of every 20 people who died was a healthcare worker. According to the CDC, 1 out of every 25 patients in the US will contract a hospital-acquired infection, leading to 75,000 deaths and over $28 billion lost in the healthcare system each year.
The problem is that disinfectants:
- Are transparent - making it easy to miss spots
- Form droplets and run off waterproof surfaces - leaving gaps in coverage
- Require a certain amount of contact time to kill pathogens (e.g. 3-4 minutes to kill C. difficile) - but it's difficult to enforce compliance with waiting long enough
These flaws make it easy to make mistakes. Simply choosing a disinfectant isn't enough - the process matters too. Read more about the importance of disinfection process in our blog post.
THE NEW STANDARD
Highlight® is the only technology (patent-pending) designed to improve the fundamental basics of front-line environmental cleaning and eliminate human error. As an additive that is combined with existing disinfectants that are already widely used in healthcare settings, Highlight® colorizes the disinfectant to ensure full coverage on surfaces and the color fades over time to colorless to indicate when the correct contact time has been met. Highlight® effectively uses visual feedback to enforce real-time quality control and real-time compliance.
Highlight® is currently available for bleach and chlorine sprays (Highlight® Sprays) and will soon be available for bleach wipes (Highlight® Wipes). Other disinfectant chemistries coming soon. Check out the links below for more information.
Field-tested in Liberia, Guinea, and Haiti for Ebola and cholera outbreaks to protect healthcare workers and patients. Used by leading HazMat and biosafety organizations for compliance training and routine decontamination. Training on disinfectant coverage and contact time every single time you use the product.
Delight your patients and pass Joint Commission inspections with ease. Highlight® Wipes empowers housekeeping staff and healthcare personnel to be confident in their work to reduce HAIs and antimicrobial resistance. Enforce real-time quality control and real-time compliance every single time you disinfect a surface.
1.Bhalla A, Pultz NJ, Gries DM, et al. “Acquisition of Nosocomial Pathogens on Hands After Contact With Environmental Surfaces Near Hospitalized Patients.” Infection Control Hospital Epidemiology. 2004 Feb;25(2):164–7.
2.Hota B, Blom DW, Lyle EA, et al. "Interventional evaluation of environmental contamination by vancomycin-resistant enterococci: failure of personnel, product, or procedure?" J Hosp Infect. 2009 Feb;71(2):123-31.