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Half of Infection Deaths Related to Hospital Stays - Find Out Your Hospital's Infection Rates by Anthony Cirillo Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Tue 23 Feb 2010 5:29am Infections killed 48,000 patients and added $8.1 billion to heath care costs in 2006 according to a study published today in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The study links about half of all infection deaths directly to infections acquired in the hospital in the course of care. Researchers analyzed 69 million discharge records from hospital ... Read on »
Hospital Infection Rates Decreasing by Christina Thielst Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Tue 08 Nov 2011 12:00am There is good news on the subject of hospital acquired infections -- new CDC data shows a significant decline in rates.  For 2010, the CDC is reporting: A 33 percent reduction in central line-associated bloodstream infections: a 35 percent reduction among critical care patients and a 26 percent reduction among non-critical ca ... Read on »
From FierceHealthCare- Deadly Hospital Infection Rates – is your hospital in here?? by ckmiletti Patient Expert Posted Fri 05 Feb 2010 6:52pm February 5, 2010 — 10:26am ET | By Dan Bowman While U.S. hospitals tend to be a mixed bag when it comes to central-line infection rates–which account for roughly 30,000 deaths annually–105 hospitals throughout the nation were found to have zero central-line infections according to a new study conducted by Consumer Reports. Dat ... Read on »
Now it's Hospital Infections by Kathleen O'Connor Posted Tue 09 Dec 2008 11:52pm A new Medicare study finds that 40 to 60% of the 90,000 deaths from hospital infections are preventable.  The study found that 44% of the patients did not get an antibiotic within the 60 minute time frame; another 10% did not get their antibiotics within four hours.  Not only is this dangerous, it's costly.  The CDC estimates that so ... Read on »
Computers Help Beat Hospital Infections by Medline Plus Posted Fri 16 Jul 2010 1:00pm Hospitals with automated surveillance systems can better respond to outbreaks, survey suggests By Alan Mozes Friday, July 16, 2010 FRIDAY, July 16 (HealthDay News) -- A new survey suggests that U.S. acute care hospitals can best minimize the risks for the spread of dangerous in-hospital infectio ... Read on »
Hospital infections kill, are preventable by Louise Posted Sun 03 Jun 2012 3:10pm The images above are from a piece in the New England Journal of Medicine. The top one is the handprint of a health-care worker after examining a patient's stomach. The pink colonies are methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a virulent type of bacteria that doesn't respond to standard antibiotics. The bottom image is t ... Read on »
Preventing Hospital Infections by Laura Patient Expert Posted Thu 24 Nov 2011 10:30am We all want to live in a healthy environment no matter the place where we are. Whether we live in the city, in a village or in a hotel we like to have everything clean and safe. If we happen to be in hospital we also want to be in a healthy environment and keep infections away. The Association for Professionals in Infection Control an ... Read on »
Advocates Seek Funding for National Network To Track Hospital InfectionsReporting Technology’s Impact on Healthcare by Francine H. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Thu 09 May 2013 12:00am Thirty health care and patient safety organizations have sent a letter asking Congress to approve $31.5 million to support CDC’s National Health Care Safety Network which tracks health care-associated infections as well as a related CDC program. Health Data Management. from iHealthBeat ... Read on »
Depression and Living Alone Increases Risk of Contracting Hospital Infection by A4M Posted Fri 21 Jun 2013 10:08pm Posted on June 18, 2013, 6 a.m. in Infectious Disease Depressed hospital patients have been found to be at significantly increased risk of contracting the potentially fatal hospital-acquired infect ... Read on »
15 Steps to Reduce Hospital Infections by Christina Thielst Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Wed 22 Oct 2008 9:31pm As a follow-up to the Save Lives Now campaign the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths has released 15 Steps to Reduce Hospital Infections.  So, help spread the news -- not infections! Read on »