Up To 70% of HAI's Can Be Prevented
For complete article: "www.infectioncontroltoday.com"
03/01/2011 - By Infection Control Today Contributor
(Excerpt from article)
"Up to 70 percent of certain cases of healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) may be preventable.....AIs are infections that occur during a hospitalization and that are not present prior to hospital admission.
Using estimates from national reports and published studies related to
HAIs, the study suggests that if best practices in infection prevention
and control were applied at all U.S. hospitals, reducing the number of
cases of catheter-associated bloodstream infections could save as many
as 5,520-20,239 lives annually; for ventilator-associated pneumonia,
13,667 to 19,782 lives annually; for catheter-associated urinary tract
infections, 2,225 to 9,031 lives annually; and for surgical site
infections, 2,133 to 4,431 lives annually."