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SanScope_prototypeA device designed to help health care providers properly clean their stethoscopes greatly reducing the chance of spreading infection.

 

 

SanScopeTM is designed to make cleaning the stethoscope bell as easy as washing your hands. Our patented device is designed to give providers a tool that they can use at the point of care that reduces both the potential for transmitting disease and the financial risk to the hospital for the resulting infection.

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Why Hospitals Need Sanscope

 

Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs): are infections that patients get while receiving treatment for medical or surgical conditions.They are among the leading causes of preventable deaths in the United States & are associated with a substantial increase in health care costs each year.

  • 1.7 Million HAIs annually in US result in 100,000 deaths
  • Costs health system approximately $30 Billion each year
  • Average cost per infection of $12,917

 

Stethoscopes Cause HAI:

  • Up to 45% of physicians have never cleaned their stethoscopes
  • Remainder clean monthly (17%) or yearly (47%)
  • Studies show 90-100% of these stethoscopes contain deadly bacteria including MRSA & E. coli

 

Impact on Hospital Costs

  • Effective 2015, hospitals with infection rates above national averages will lose 1% of their Medicare funding
  • Costs of care also passed directly to the hospital and institution at approximately $15,000 per infection
  • A single hospital can save more than $2,500,000 each year by reducing their HAIs