Hospital Acquired Infections--The Real Story
The article says that one in twenty hospitalizations results in a hospital-acquired infection (HAI). Annually, it is thought that 100,000 deaths are attributable to HAI. The simple but effective practice of frequent hand washing is a great way to lower incidences of HAI. A company that has utilized remote video auditing in the meat processing industry has installed and used the same technology in some hospitals. This provides the staff with timely feedback as to how they are doing; results are posted via continuously updated electronic scoreboards. The meat processing industry has used this type of program to reduce the amount of E. coli contamination to meat products. Building the habit of more frequent hand washing in health care staff in a positive, applicable manner has similar effects in lowering incidences of C. difficile and MRSA infections in healthcare settings.
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