Cash and Germs: Cashless Systems Aren’t Just Faster…
Cashless Systems Aren’t Just Faster, They’re Also Cleaner
Newtown Square, PA, May 5, 2009 – In today’s environment of pandemics and epidemics, hospitals are taking a sweeping look at all aspects of reducing chance exposure to bacteria, viruses and other contagions. Where are they looking? Cash. Money is dirty – in fact, researchers from Applied and Environmental Microbiology report that human influenza viruses can survive on paper currency for as long as 17 days.
For the general population, there isn’t an imminent need for concern. However, amongst healthcare employees, especially those that come in direct contact with patients, concern is knocking at the door.
Contact with ‘dirty money’ is an unnecessary encounter with an extremely unhygienic object.
Today, many hospitals are looking to eliminate cash from their cafeterias, pharmacy and other environments to reduce the potential for contamination. Cashless systems within health care facilities can greatly reduce the chance of passing needless viruses, bacteria and other foreign material between healthcare worker and patient.
“Our clients have implemented cashless programs, enabling healthcare staff to eschew cash and change for electronic wallets that are linked to employee badges or washable tags,” stated Andrea Waldin, VP of Marketing for FreedomPay. “They recognize that employees handling cash and change are counter-intuitive to the aggressive efforts for sanitation and hygiene implemented by today’s leading health systems.”
Cashless systems, such as the solutions offered by FreedomPay, can help hospitals completely eliminate cash from their retail environments, limiting healthcare employees exposure to harmful contaminants.
FreedomPay provides a comprehensive suite of payments solutions for healthcare and hospitals, including cashless systems, electronic meal tracking and merchant services.