Hospital Acquired Infections
One of the clear causes of HAI’s (hospital acquired infections) is surface borne pathogens are fomites, which are any inanimate object that, when contaminated/exposed to infectious agents by visitors/patients/staff can transfer disease to a new host.
HAI accounts for 700K deaths globally and two million infections in the USA alone. Additionally, it is assessed the death toll may increase to 10 million by 2050.
(UK Prime Minister commissioned Review)
$28 Billion is the direct medical costs of HAI’s in U.S. hospitals each year. There is an additional $12.4 billion in costs external icon to society from early deaths and lost productivity.
"Mobile phones as fomites for potential pathogens in hospitals: microbiome analysis reveals hidden contaminants"
"contaminated surfaces contribute to the transmission of hospital pathogens"