The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has released its 2013 annual report describing healthcare-associated infect
If a patient contracts an infection while in the hospital, each day of hospitalization increases by 1 percent the likelihood that the infection will be multidrug-resistant, according to research presented at the 54th Interscience Conferen
The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) has released its 2013 annual report describing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) among patien
The Hawaii State Department of Health (HDOH) has released its 2013 annual report describing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) am
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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.
The North Carolina Division of Public Health recently released its 2013 annual report describing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in North Carolina hospitals.
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
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.