Minnesota Department of Health Releases Analysis of St. Cloud Hospital Bloodstream Infection Outbreak
A new study has found that some kinds of infection data may not be comparable across hospitals, and may not be suitable for use as a performance measure.
Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) continue to negatively impact the worlds healthcare systems. With continued threats of pandemics, bioterrorism, and evolving multi-drug resistant microorganisms, Infection preventionists face conflicting priorities and must prioritize and streamline processes. In the United States, sadly 1 in 20 patients receiving care in hospitals will contract an HAI. Most HAIs originate from one of three common sources: contaminated hands of the healthcare provider and/or patient, contaminated environmental surfaces, or the contaminated skin of the patient.