We recently released our latest issue of The Surface Times - a newsletter we created that focuses on Healthcare Innovation as it relates to surfaces.

In this issue, we interview Dr. Kevin Laupland to get his perspective on implementation of a new technology like CleanPatch in a healthcare environment. Here is a sample -

Question (SMI) - In your experience, have you ever encountered the issues of damaged mattresses and other soft surfaces? 

Answer (Dr. Laupland) - Yes of course, I have come across damaged mattresses in a clinical scenario. 

Q - What are the associated risks of not addressing these damaged surfaces, from an infection prevention standpoint?

A - If we think about this rationally, any surface that is no longer in continuity or intact has a higher risk of contamination, and this is particularly an issue when the surface is wet. It is very important to make sure surfaces are intact, dry and cleanable as wet, damaged surfaces may serve as reservoir for organisms and may also serve as a culture medium. I would think that no patient or individual would want to lay on a hospital mattress that is damaged or is no longer in continuity.

Q - In your opinion, how is a product like CleanPatch best used in a real hospital setting?

A - When hospitals are presented with damaged mattresses, there are really 3 possible options. Option 1 is to replace the mattress, which is ideal but not likely routinely practiced due to the limited resources within our healthcare system. Option 2 is to use off-the-shelf items like adhesive tape in an ad-hoc fashion. However, untested products may not provide an acceptable result and may be a source for infection. Option 3 is something like CleanPatch. If you can repair and restore continuity to the mattress and seal the surface so that it may be wiped clean with disinfectants, then you may be able to prolong the use of that mattress.

For the rest of the interview and to see our newsletter - click here