General HAIs

Building Momentum in Infection Prevention

June 16, 2014

As many of you know, recent studies have shown that infection rates are lower than previously estimated. The “Multistate Point-Prevalence Survey of Health Care-Associated Infections” published in the March 27 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) found that on any given day, 1 in 25 inpatients in the U.S. have at least one healthcare-associated infection (HAI). In addition, about 75,000 patients who have an HAI will die during hospitalization. While the current estimates of infections are lower than previous estimates, it is hard to draw direct conclusions from these comparisons because of the differences in patient populations studied, changes in surveillance definitions of HAIs, and varied data collection methods.  However, what is clear is that there is still much work to be done.

Slide Show: Infection Prevention in the OR

April 28, 2014

Perioperative professionals participating in ICT's annual survey indicate that problems still exist in areas such as traffic control in the operating room, lack of proper patient bathing prior to surgery, as well as overall lack of complianc

Perioperative Infection Prevention: Using Positive Deviance in the Pursuit of Excellence

April 14, 2014

Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) are preventable. Yet despite ongoing surveillance, rigorous protocols and well-researched policies, HAI’s still occur in one in twenty patients, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC notes that surgical site infections remain the most common HAI, affecting 1 in 50 patients.