Hospital Acquired Infections & How To Prevent Them | Curos

Have you, a loved one, or a friend gotten
more sick by being in a hospital? We know it happens. One out of 25 hospitalized patients
contract an infection from exposure to bugs in the facility. We call these nosocomial
or healthcare-acquired infections. In the US, 1.7 million healthcare-associated infections
are connected to about 100,000 deaths per year. So, what are the greatest infection
risks in hospitals? Ironically, four of the most common types of hospital-acquired infections
are caused by the devices and procedures employed to care for patients. Urinary tract infections
contracted from catheters are the most common type of infection. Surgical site infections
are the second most common and are generally caused by touch contamination. A lung infection
known as ventilator-associated pneumonia with the use of a ventilator holds the highest
mortality rate. And finally, bloodstream infections are a persistent danger. Those that stem specifically
from vascular catheter use are especially deadly and the costliest of all hospital-acquired
infections. So, what are hospitals doing to keep you safe?
Well, even small precautions can have big effects. Handwashing, for example, is highly
effective for reducing the risk of touch contamination from caregiver to patient. Likewise, a simple
checklist of best practices used while inserting and maintaining venous access catheters has
been shown to greatly reduce avoidable and costly bloodstream infections. The checklist
includes steps like using a full sterile barrier including mask, cap and gown during insertion,
ensuring that the access port is disinfected prior to each medication administration or
blood draw by scrubbing or using disinfecting port protectors and being sure to remove any
catheter as soon as it is no longer needed. Sadly, the success of hospitals in reducing
infection rates differs significantly from one hospital to the next and even across units
within the same hospital. At the heart of top performing hospitals is a strong executive
commitment to a culture of safety and a focus on patient satisfaction. Do your homework. There are resources you
can use to see how your local hospitals rank in their quality of care. But what about the
infection risk for patients of outpatient surgery, home infusion, TPN and other conditions
treated outside the hospital? More than 60 percent of surgical procedures occur in ambulatory
centers that discharge patients to home based care on the same day. Approximately 40,000
people in the United States are receiving TPN at home and hundreds of thousands of dialysis,
cancer and immuno-compromised patients leave the hospital with central lines in place.
This means that more and more patients and their caregivers take responsibility for preventing
infections while managing their own wound care, medication regimens, and catheter maintenance. If receiving care at home, ask your physician
for detailed guidance on proper disinfection techniques and tools that work in the home.
For example, a Curos disinfecting port protector can be easily used to disinfect IV connectors
with alcohol and keep ports protected between uses for patient and caregiver peace of mind.
The important thing to know is that infections that come from healthcare are preventable,
not inevitable. There are organizations, health systems and individuals all across the U.S.
making great improvements to honor their commitments to first do no harm. With concerted efforts by healthcare providers,
payers and patients, we can achieve zero healthcare-acquired infections and that uneasy feeling of entering
a hospital will be replaced with confidence in receiving quality care. Does your hospital
follow safe disinfection practices? Be aware. Be safe.

9 thoughts on “Hospital Acquired Infections & How To Prevent Them | Curos

  1. Actually it is 2 million infections and 200,000 deaths based on 26 states that report. The true numbers are over 4 million and 400,000 deaths.

    American MDs are filthy murdering whores.

  2. People insisting on wiping, should have in mind that they could be responsible of the illness or death of people from Acquired Hospital Infection, UTI etc, caused by the millions of ESHERICHIA COLI etc, that are released around, after their each wiping.
    “ How smart is it to not install the PERFECT forpoor add-on bidet, the KO BIDET??? It is as smart as, if a blind person refuses to take a medication which will bring his sight back !!!!”

    HAIs: Each day, almost at every Hospital, an unbelievable fact, for our clever and civilized society, is taking place. A neglected up to now, SOURCE of dangerous microbes, left after each wiping, no matter if done in good or wrong direction, is spraying millions of microbes to Hospital air (and we should have in mind that the weakened patient in Hospitals is not able even to wipe properly, more so if he has HEMORRHOIDS, or mobility restriction). This feces matter through drying and friction is turned out to dust, that ends to fly at the ward and hospital air. And if dust, while hospital construction works, is correctly accepted as carrying dangerous microorganisms, why not the dust produced from dried out feces, which additionally contains more and more dangerous microbes? It is like, if someone “leaves” every day his feces on the Hospital’s central corridor, while everybody steps on it, spreading its filthy dust around and on the Hospital’s air. The Hospital authorities instead of taking the obvious right measure, they issue strict orders to the staff how to clean their hands etc, useful measures of course, but not enough by themselves, as the air “rains” bacteria.
    UTI: Wiping with toilet paper either by women or men, no matter what is its direction, is unhealthy and dangerous to the user and the others. Mainly in women the bacteria, contained in the feces remaining film after wiping, easily, through contact or friction and vaporization, after it had dried out, could contaminate their uro-genitalia, or house air, food etc. Things are much worse, if there are HEMORRHOIDS or mobility problems as well. In men, their contaminated penis, through the same mechanism, could transfer microbes to their sexual partners during normal sex.
    It is so strange(???) that this bacteria SOURCE had not been spotted up to now, so no appropriate measures had been taken out. An urgent simple research should be carried out, in order to compare the microbe number left in both cases, eg after wiping and washing. I haven’t any doubt what the conclusion would be. In any case that would clear the issue for every body. After that the measures to be taken would be the second step as now there are cheap, practical, 100% effective, and sanitary safe solutions for the home and the Hospital.
    ZISIS KONTOGOUNIS, retired Dr in Medicine. 6932730227, [email protected]

  4. Who is going to eliminate FECAL DUST, the secret
    hospital killer and the cause of Hospital Infections and UTI? CDC, WHO, ECDC, Drs?
    Here is the best of existing tools for it: the vertical jet bidet.$18.Sanitation-efectiveness:be100% sure.

  5. Hospitals try hard to kill the microbes in the wards, but give little attention to eliminate the microbe SOURCE (at least the more severe) which is the feces residue, left after incomplete wiping, from which comes the fatal FECAL DUST. Have in mind that hospital patients are usually, debilitated old people, or having mobility restriction, unable to wipe properly, particularly, if there are piles or hairs.

    Is it a medical mistake or something more sinister?

  6. Isn't it a scandal to ask CDC to answer the question, "if FECAL DUST in hospitals represents or not a danger for the patients, for causing HA INFECTION or UTI on others out of hospitals" and they stay silent? Do they protect special interests?

  7. Why many don't understand the need of: one hospital to impose measures preventing FECAL DUST and then compare its HAI rates with the others , so the question, "is or not FECAL DUST the cause of HAI", is at last beeing answered?

    On the same line: Why FECAL DUST had not been thought as the cause of UTI?

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