When the Bundle is Not Enough

October 5, 2012

Ben Taub General Hospital (BTGH) is a 575-bed public teaching hospital serving residents of Harris County, Texas. It is one of only two designated Level 1 Trauma Centers in Houston, Texas. The Trauma Surgical Intensive Care Unit (TSICU) is a 30-bed unit consisting of 24 open ward beds and six isolation rooms. Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) are the most common of the healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in all hospitals across the United States costing $565 million annually. The majority of these CAUTIs (50 percent to 75 percent) are preventable.

Nurse Staffing, Burnout Linked to Hospital Infections

July 30, 2012

Nurse burnout leads to higher healthcare-associated infection rates and costs hospitals millions of additional dollars annually, according to a study published in the August issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.