Impact of Infection


Did you know that every day approximately 452 people acquire a healthcare-associated infection (HAI)?1

A 2017 study of Australian hospitals found that HAIs affect about 165,000 patients each year, primarily due to lack of hygiene practice, i.e., bacterial transfer on to shared surfaces and hands of healthcare workers.1

This makes HAIs the most common complication for patients and affects 1 in every 74 hospitalisations.2 These infections “greatly increase morbidity and mortality, as well as the risk of readmission within 12 months.”3

It also places an enormous burden on the economy, using over $3 billion a year in tax payers' money to treat these mostly preventable complications.3

The risk of infection is everywhere!

These infection rates are quite significant and refer only to hospitals! The risk of infection and illness is all around us, especially in a community setting with shared surfaces in places such as shopping centres, parks, childcare centres, schools, offices, allied health clinics, beauty spas, etc.

The rates of infection from settings such as these are near impossible to calculate. However, to give you a rough idea of how big the risk is “each year influenza [alone] causes an average of 13,500 hospitalisations and more than 3,000 deaths among Australians aged over 50 years.”3

The cost of treating these illnesses, as well as the associated absence from work, is estimated to be billions of dollars, further burdening our economy and tax payers. The economic impact, however, will be the least of your concerns when you or a loved one falls ill with 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 instil hygiene and hygiene practice into our lives as much as we do brushing our teeth, for example, then together, we can make big changes — we can significantly reduce the transmission and spread of harmful bacteria, and, in turn, reduce our rates of illness, improve our quality of life, help to reduce the burden on our economy and even save the lives of others.

There are two things you can do

Do better by washing your hands regularly, especially after eating, after using the bathroom or if you've touched high-touch surfaces in public places, such as escalator handrails, lift buttons, door handles, etc., or after having been on public transport. And don’t go out when you’re feeling unwell.

Demand better by observing what your medical, beauty or other professionals are doing for hygiene and kindly call out practices that may not be in your (or those of others) best interests. Praise good practice and support those businesses that are doing their utmost 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 be rigorously tested, innovatively designed, comfortable and user friendly.

Our FaceShield ticks all four boxes!

The FaceShield has been specifically designed and tested to protect the face from transmission of and exposure to bacteria while receiving face-down therapy.

While common practice currently is to use a towel or a paper sheet over the massage bed, the greatest risk is from the area of the bed where the most bacteria is transmitted, the face hole. And, unfortunately, this 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 of the face hole between clients. Our research found both harmful and non-harmful bacteria on every bed that was tested. That’s right! Not one 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 client to bed.

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


  1. Mitchell BG, Shaban RZ, MacBeth D, et al .The burden of healthcare-associated infection in Australian hospitals: a systematic review of the literature. Infection, Disease & Health ;22:117–28 (2017).doi:10.1016/j.idh.2017.07.001
  2. Colds and Flu Statistics (May 2018) Accessed 1 October 2019 from
  3. Hospital Acquired Complications (HACs) (January 2020) Accessed 01 February 2020 from