Impact of Infection

The Impact of Infection

Did you know that approximately 300,000 patients acquire a healthcare-associated infection (HAI) every year?¹  

HAIs acquired in hospitals are a common occurrence affecting approximately 1 in 20 patients. In Europe, they exceed the impact of other infectious diseases, like influenza and tuberculous². These rates are quite significant and are just for hospitals alone!

HAIs also place an enormous burden on the economy — the cost to manage a patient who acquires an HAI is around three times higher than that of a patient without one³.

The Risk of Infection is Everywhere!

The risk of infection and illness is all around us, especially in the community setting with shared surfaces such as shopping centres, parks, childcare centres, allied health clinics and beauty spas.

The rates of infection from such settings are near impossible to calculate. However, to give you a rough idea of how big the risk is, during the 2018/2019 flu season influenza alone caused 39,670 hospitalisations in the UK⁴.

The cost of treating these illnesses, as well as the associated days off work, is estimated to be in the billions, further burdening our economy and taxpayers. The economic impact, however, will be the least of your concerns when you, or a loved one, falls ill to something that could have been prevented.

What Does This Mean for You and How Can You Do Your Part?

As with littering and recycling, if we all do our bit and put hygiene and hygiene practice in our lives (just as much as we do brushing our teeth), then together we can make big changes. We can significantly reduce the transmission and spread of harmful bacteria and, in turn, we can reduce our rates of illness, improve our quality of life, reduce the burden on our economy and even save the lives of others.

There Are Two Things You Can Do Do Better and Demand Better!

Do better by washing your hands regularly, especially after eating, using the bathroom or using your hands in public places, such as escalators and public transport. Don’t go out when you’re not feeling well.

Demand better. Observe what your medical, beauty or other professionals are doing for hygiene and kindly call out practices that may not be in your best interest, or those of others. Praise good practice and support those businesses that are doing the right thing and going to every extent to provide you with the most hygienic and safe environment and experience.

The Role of Purifas

Our vision is to reduce the transmission of bacteria in all shared environments. To do this, hygiene products need to not only be rigorously tested and innovatively designed — they have to be comfortable and user friendly.

The Purifas® FaceShield™ does exactly that. It has been specifically designed and tested to protect the face from transmission of and exposure to bacteria while receiving face-down therapy.

While current common practice is to use a towel or paper sheet over the massage bed, the greatest risk lies where the most bacteria is transmitted, the face hole, which is often the least protected area.

The face hole has been proven to be a hub for the transmission of bacteria such as spit, saliva, skin cells and airborne germs, which remain on the surface between clients. Our research found both harmful and non-harmful bacteria on every bed that was tested. That’s right! Not one therapy bed face hole tested was clean, indicating that current hygiene practice is not sufficient.

Purifas' revolutionary FaceShield was specifically designed with this in mind, with its patented skirt providing greater protection from germs that may have been passed from patient to bed.

Our clinical research shows that the bacterial filtration properties of our FaceShield reduce your exposure to other people’s potentially harmful bacteria, so you can be reassured that the bed you lie on is safer and healthier.



  1. NICE, Infection prevention and control Quality Standard [QS61], April 2014, Introduction

  2. Cassini A, Plachouras D, Eckmanns T, Abu Sin M, Blank H-P, Ducomble T, et al. (2016) Burden of Six Healthcare-Associated Infections on European Population Health: Estimating IncidenceBased Disability-Adjusted Life Years through a Population Prevalence-Based Modelling Study. PLoS Med 13(10): e1002150. doi:10.1371/journal. pmed.1002150

  3. Guest JF, Keating T, Gould D, et al. Modelling the annual NHS costs and outcomes attributable to healthcare-associated infections in England. BMJ Open 2020;10:e033367. doi:10.1136/ bmjopen-2019-033367

  4. 4. Moss, J.W.E., Davidson, C., Mattock, R. et al. Quantifying the direct secondary health care cost of seasonal influenza in England. BMC Public Health 20, 1464 (2020).