Best Infection Prevention Products 2021

Best Infection Prevention Products 2021

Newsweek, in partnership with the Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit that evaluates health care quality, compiles and publishes an ongoing series of ratings for healthcare facilities and products. We make selections and ratings using publicly available data, including information voluntarily submitted to the annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey and Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center Survey. We also have teams of experts and analysts review data and identify high performers.

The following is our second annual review of the best infection prevention products, highlighting companies whose products are most promising for helping patients and the healthcare workforce avoid infection. Over the last year of pandemic, issues of infection and safety became top-of-mind for almost everyone, not just healthcare professionals. That concern is likely to remain with us for some time even as the threat of COVID-19 seems to recede in the U.S and some other places.

To decide which products would make our list this year, a selection committee evaluated each product using four criteria: effectiveness, safety (to both patients and healthcare workers), successful real-world implementation and the stability of the company (to support future implementations).

When looking at safety and effectiveness, evaluations from the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency were considered, along with published research studies. We evaluated the quality of research studies demonstrating a product's effectiveness by looking at reproducibility, closeness between lab data/results and real-world application of the data/results, and closeness of fit between the choice of test or method of testing and what was being for tested for.

Case studies from hospitals and other healthcare facilities were used to evaluate real-world implementation. The stability of the company to support future implementations was based on public information about the company. We hope you find this ranking useful.

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