We just read a few minutes back that every day in America 240 people die from healthcare acquired/associated infections (i.e. infections acquired in a hospital, long-term care facility, home care, nursing home).
That’s 86,400 deaths a year.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines healthcare-associated infections as infections that patients acquire during the course of receiving treatment for other conditions within a healthcare setting.
The CDC says healthcare-associated infections are one of the top ten leading causes of death in the U.S.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, of the 1.7 million infections reported among patients in the U.S., the most common healthcare-associated infections are urinary tract infections (32%), surgical site infections (22%), pneumonias (15%), and bloodstream infections (14%).
It’s believed that many healthcare acquired infections can be prevented by employing proper hand hygiene (like antiseptic handwashing or antiseptic handrubbing, hand cleansing) and following contact precautions and active surveillance procedures.