Medical errors are estimated to cause 250,000 deaths per year in the U.S.
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Competing priorities, life-and-death situations and a vast quantity of unknown variables are the hallmarks of the emergency department (ED), and compliance with infection prevention and control (IPC) principles and practices can be challenging. Katherine West, BSN, MSEd, CIC, points to the directive from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) -- CPL 02-02.069 -- that indicates that the delivery of healthcare should not be delayed. "Trauma response is more important than infection control compliance, and even OSHA recognizes that fact," West says. "We have a duty to meet the patient care needs."
Early review of antimicrobial prescribing decisions within 48 hours is recommended to reduce the overall use of unnecessary antibiotics, and in particular the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics.
Investigators estimate that during 2012, there were more than 3.1 million emergency department visits for infectious diseases among elderly U.S. adults.