The Department of Health and Human Services has given hospitals aggressive goals on HAI reduction. By 2020, the department wants CAUTI rates to be cut 50% in acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, and ambulatory surgical centers.
What you may not know is that CAUTIs cost hospitals far more than most think. While most say the average cost of treating a CAUTI is $1,000, that figure is likely too low. In some cases, it’s 10 times too low.
The breach may have affected patients who underwent orthopedic or spine surgery between July 21, 2016 and February 20, 2018, according to a statement released by Larry Wolk, executive director and chief medical officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
These germs include those that cannot be killed by all or most antibiotics, are not common to a geographic area or the U.S., or have specific genes that enable them to spread their resistance to other germs, according to a CDC release.
In just two years, the facility cut its hospital-acquired infection rate by 90% and saved itself $498,000. How did the facility make such tremendous strides in infection control? Short answer: daily interdisciplinary safety huddles (DISH).
Healthcare facilities must ensure that infection prevention and control and antibiotic stewardship programs work together, according to a joint position paper released last week by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, and the Society of Infectious Disease Pharmacists.
The lawsuit was filed by the husband of Carol Leonard, who died at the age of 70 from a postoperative infection sustained during what was supposed to be a routine procedure.
Published in Nature this week, the study identified two compounds called synthetic retinoids that can help the body fight against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA).
The devastating flu season has started to wane, but the CDC’s weekly surveillance report found that the previously prevalent A-strain H3N2 flu virus is now less reported than B viruses.
A new study finds that in addition to being a deadly killer of patients, antibiotic-resistant infections are costing U.S. hospitals more than $2 billion each year.