Nosocomial Infections

Currently U.S. hospitals are plagued with the out of pocket expense of Hospital Acquired Infections, since the Centers for Medicaid Services' declared in 2008 it will no longer reimburse hospitals for any Hospital Acquired Infection1. In March 2009, the CDC estimated overall annual direct medical cost of U.S. Hospital Acquired Infections ranges from $35.7 billion to $45 billion dollars2. Hospital Acquired Pneumonia (HAP) is the second most common Hospital Acquired Infection, costing a hospital an average of $17,677 per infected patient3,4. Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP) is the most common Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Hospital Acquired Infection among mechanically ventilated patients, has a mortality rate of 50%, and costs the hospital an average of $48,948 per infected patient5,6. With the hospitals now bearing these costs, they are aggressively seeking solutions to battle these Hospital Acquired Infections. And with the average hospital paying more for one case of VAP than an entire year of No-Bite V use, The No-Bite V would only have to prevent one patient from HAP or VAP to save the hospital money.

It is common medical knowledge that poor oral care and suctioning leads to (HAP) and (VAP). Research has shown that (HAP) and (VAP) can be reduced with suctioning of subglottic secretions and improved oral hygiene in both non-ventilated and ventilated patients7,8. Unfortunately some patients tend to bite down and resist oral hygiene and tracheal suctioning. Also tracheal suction catheters commonly inserted nasally, tend to coil upon insertion, causing multiple unsuccessful attempts, nasal trauma and bleeding. These problems make oral hygiene and tracheal suctioning difficult or even impossible, increasing a patients risk to develop (HAP) and (VAP).


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The No-Bite V Prevents Nasotracheal Suctioning

"I wanted to share these photos of my dad back in Nov 2016 before I even knew about the No-Bite. He was nasal suctioned in the hospital and they caused severe nasal trauma... Ouch! And no, he was not even on blood thinners, just baby aspirin."

"My dad stayed out of the hospital a record 10 Months Pneumonia-Free and Nasal Trauma-Free thanks to the No-Bite Suction!"

"Previously my dad was readmitted to the hospital at least once a month with aspiration pneumonias, but now he is doing much better."

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