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Hospital Acquired Infection

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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Half Clean, Or Half Dirty?

August 14, 2015

Even if you’re an optimist, you’ll probably be upset to learn that only an estimated 50% of your hospital room is cleaned. It’s not just soft surfaces that are a problem, either. It’s toilets, tray tables, hand rails, and light switches, among other things! And while HAIs (Hospital Acquired Infections) are the big concern (not […]

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With a rise in superbugs (and hospital acquired infections) predicted, the CDC and FDA have new guidelines to curb their spread…sort of. Superbugs, or antibiotic resistant bacteria, are a huge and growing problem for hospitals. Hospital acquired infections affect an estimated 1 in 25 patients everyday, with almost 10% eventually dieing from the infection. And […]

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Since at least the year 2000, C. difficile has been a growing problem—increasing its resistance to antibiotics and spreading not just around the US but the world. Now we are fighting it on multiple fronts. A heavy hand is being used to encourage hospitals to reduce C. diff infections under their roofs—those who haven’t made […]

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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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