Preventing the Spread of Disease in Haiti, One Clean Surface at a Time
Hôpital Sacré-Coeur is a non-governmental hospital located in northern Haiti. The facility is known as the only reliable, definitive care hospital in northern Haiti, yet they receive no support from the government. Hôpital Sacré-Coeur has to produce their own power, police their facility, provide for fire protection, generate the hospital’s oxygen, treat their own water and otherwise provide for the needs of a 125-bed definitive care hospital in a very remote place. As a self-supported care facility, this can come with its challenges, not the least of which is securing appropriate supplies to keep their patients, staff, and visitors healthy.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cautions that on any given day about 1 in 25 hospital patients has a healthcare-associated infection (HAI) that can extend hospital stays and, in some cases, result in death. Consistent and vigilant disinfection practices, including the frequent cleaning of surfaces, are among the most effective ways to prevent and control HAIs. Sanitation and hygiene have always been a top priority at Hôpital Sacré Coeur but hospital housekeeping staffs have never had a reliable supply of state-of-the-art disinfection wipes. And without the right disinfectant, surface washing alone will not prevent dangerous HAIs. Realizing the facility’s supply of appropriate disinfecting materials was uncomfortably low, the hospital sought help.
The Crudem Foundation, founded by Brothers of the Sacred Heart of Montreal Province, is the organization that saw a need for a hospital in Northern Haiti and constructed Hôpital Sacré Coeur to serve the region. The Foundation maintains operating control of the hospital and ensures it has everything it needs to stay viable and provide the critical medical service the community needs. The Crudem Foundation reached out to Sealed Air to discuss the hospital’s need for a proper disinfecting solution.
Sealed Air’s Diversey Care division was able to identify an appropriate product, Accel TB Wipes, a hydrogen peroxide cleaner effective against the most resilient of microbes found in a healthcare setting, including Norovirus and Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Within a week, Sealed Air’s distributor shipped three pallets (135 cases) to a New Jersey warehouse, where a shipping container is sent to the hospital once a month.
Sealed Air’s gift of more than a year’s supply of Accel TB Wipes will enable hospital housekeeping staff to be more effective in their daily routine of cleaning common touch areas. Most importantly, the patients will benefit from this infection prevention strategy, and lives will inevitably have been saved thanks to this generous donation.
According to The Crudem Foundation, “Sealed Air Corporation has been named Fortune’s most admired company in packing and containers for the 3rd consecutive year—and we can sure understand why. Thanks to their social conscious culture, Seal Air has made a real and meaningful impact at Hôpital Sacré-Coeur. We are grateful to Sealed Air for their generosity—it is an inspiration to all of us who seek to make a difference in northern Haiti.” For Sealed Air, this donation is a small token of the Company’s ongoing desire to improve lives in the communities it serves. For residents of Northern Haiti, it is another chance at a healthy life.