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Yet Another Hepatitis Outbreak

February 19, 2016

Hospitals are big. They see thousands of patients each day, many of whom need a quick dose of pain relief—a numbing shot before a simple outpatient procedure, a bigger dose before surgery, maybe a second or third dose during surgery. And here’s where things can go really, really wrong. Once or twice a year, a […]

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Closing HAI Gaps

October 14, 2015

Hospital acquired infections (HAIs) are a big deal. Just being patient carries a risk of illness and even death—regardless of why you’re in the hospital. According to the CDC, 1 in 25 patients will have AT LEAST one HAI. Fighting against HAIs is top priority for most hospitals. The most profitable patients—delivering mothers, people getting […]

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Apparently they’re fairly frequent. This time, it’s an endoscope facility in LA, and the superbug in question isn’t MRSA, but carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE. Remembering that many patients are already sick/have a weakened immune system when they get it, the survival rate is only about 50%. It’s the same story as the hospital in Seattle, […]

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Although new, stricter hospital protocols have been implemented in many places to decrease the precedence of hospital acquired infections (HAIs), there’s only been a slight decrease. 1 in 25 (4% of) patients get an infection thanks to a hospital stay—and more than 10% of those who have one die. The sickest patients are the ones […]

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With new healthcare laws putting pressure on hospitals to cut costs, hospitals are targeting one of the most preventable and deadly problems: hospital acquired infections. Just being a patient gives you a 5% risk of acquiring an infection, a .25% risk of dying. With a hundred thousand deaths and millions of dollars in costs, stopping […]

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