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Hospital infections: 1 out of 25 patients still affected

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Hospital infections

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that 1 out 25 patients are affected by a hospital infection. The CDC has responded with recommendations, but it also highlights that an improvement is being seen in the total number of cases of hospital infections. The research study from the CDC reveals that infection rates are falling slightly compared to previous years.

Shocking infection numbers

The CDC points out that 200 people die every day because of hospital infections, and many of these cases are preventable. Data from 2011 reveals a total of 721,800 infections with 75,000 deaths. Although this is an improvement compared to previous years, it is clear that more needs to be done to help improve these numbers and stop infections at hospitals.

Pneumonia continues to rank as one of the biggest problems in hospital infections, but it is in a tie with infections at surgical sites. The rise of antibiotic resistant germs makes these infections more dangerous for patients who may already be in a weakened state at a hospital.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a list of recommendations for hospitals to use, so they can reduce the chance of patients encountering an infection. The CDC guidelines cover everything from preventing surgical site infections to preventing MRSA infections, and they go beyond the simple advice of sterile equipment and hand washing.

The CDC has strong guidelines in place for preventing infections in hospitals, yet the total number of cases each year is still alarmingly high. The small decrease compared to previous years is not enough for patients to feel secure or hospital staff to walk away satisfied with their compliance. Infections are still a problem because the guidelines are not being followed in every hospital setting, so patients’ lives are being put at risk.

What Can You Do?

The large number of infection cases in hospitals is enough to scare many patients away and cause them to reconsider their care. However, there are ways patients can help, and the first step is education about infections. By learning more about infections and studying the CDC guidelines, you can help the healthcare staff remain vigilant and aware of any potential problems.