Gut related pathogens are a significant cause of HAIs
The CDC implicates 15 pathogens that account for over 86% of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs)1. Of these pathogens, 11 are considered gut-related.
Gaps in Protection
CHG Bathing is not Recommended for Pediatrics under 2 months and Hematology / Oncology patients.
Most Hospitals decolonize pediatric patients over 2 months with Chlorhexidine Gluconate (CHG) but do not address perineum decolonization (red area) to address gut-related pathogens because of efficacy and safety concerns with CHG.
Pediatric ICU patients that cannot use CHG: Around 10% of ICU patients cannot use CHG due to anaphylactic history, allergies and sensitivities, contraindications such as psoriasis, eczema, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, Graft vs Host disease, non-intact skin, patient refusals, and other reasons.
Current practice leaves gaps in care which can lead to infection in:
1. Tracheotomy tube
2. Central venous catheter
3. PICC line
4. Urinary catheter
5. Surgical sites
Soap and water or equivalent wipes do not decolonize the perineum and can strip away the skin’s natural antimicrobial barrier and defensive functions. Most products that can decolonize the skin are either contraindicated for use in the perineum and in mucosa or lack safety and efficacy data.
References: (1) Antimicrobial-resistant pathogens associated with pediatric healthcare-associated infections: Summary of data reported to the National Healthcare Safety Network, 2015–2017. Lindsey M. Weiner-Lastinger MPH , Sheila Abner PhD, Andrea L. Benin MD, Jonathan R. Edwards MStat, Alexander J. Kallen MD, MPH, Maria Karlsson PhD, Shelley S. Magill MD, PhD, Daniel Pollock MD, Isaac See MD, Minn M. Soe MBBS, MPH, Maroya S. Walters PhD and Margaret A. Dudeck MPH. Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia
A Clear Solution: pH Matters
Healthy skin (mucosa) thrives in an optimal low pH environment. It competes successfully for nutrition and space on the skin surface, protecting against invasion by pathogens and resulting infections. When pH rises, the normal healthy microbiome suffers, and pathogenic bacteria capitalizes on the change in pH.
Four Systems Supported By Theraworx Protect
An ideal acidic skin pH creates a hostile environment to pathogens, while supporting skin integrity and proper skin function. Theraworx Protect’s unique low pH formulation supports 4 systems that are critical to driving quality and safety while helping to reduce hurt and harm.
pH Acidic Systems
(Grapefruit Seed Extract)
Theraworx Protect Addresses the Gaps
Theraworx Protect provides advanced total body and perineum care, trusted by hospitals and health care settings as a part of their infection control bundles.
- Advanced perineum care
- One step to total body and perineum protection–reducing time and human error
- Safe for use on compromised skin
- Low-pH formulation supports the skin’s natural antimicrobial barrier and defensive functions
- Improve quality and safety while helping to reduce hurt and harm
- Contains NO CHG or antiseptic drugs
- Skin Friendly including ingredients that hydrate, nourish, and protect the skin
- Used by leading pediatric hospitals since 2015
Skin-friendly, non-toxic, and biocompatible
Theraworx Protect bathing system, foams and sprays can be used in and around mucous membranes unlike CHG/alcohol. It is this safety in and around mucous membranes, as well as the challenges of hygiene in the face, perineal/perianal area, that has resulted in the increasing adoption of Theraworx as a preferred product in both the high acuity perineal cleansing and preparation for insertion of indwelling urinary catheters, and also in the maintenance hygiene associated with care of these patients.
Used in leading children’s hospitals
Helen Devos Children’s hospital had a CAUTI rate above national benchmark in the PICU. As
part of their intervention stratgey they implemented Theraworx bathing product becasue it is
designed for CAUTI prevention and recognized 0 CAUTI for 498 days and a 77% reduction
Financial Benefit of Theraworx Protect
Product cost is the most direct and measurable savings in healthcare. Theraworx is priced lower than many products it replaces, particularly those containing CHG. And what’s more, the Theraworx Protect UPAK discharge program is designed to help patients care for their catheter at home after discharge from the hospital, reducing readmission rates.