Facts About Hospital Acquired Infections

advocateAll hospitalized patients are susceptible to contracting an infection. Some patients are at greater risk than others, young children, the elderly, and persons with compromised immune systems are more likely to get an infection. Other risk factors are long hospital stays, the use of indwelling catheters, failure of healthcare workers to wash their hands, failure to properly sterilize instruments, and overuse of antibiotics.

In American hospitals alone, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that HAIs account for an estimated 1.7 million infections and 99,000 associated deaths each year. Of these infections:

  • 32 % of all healthcare acquired infection are urinary tract infections
  • 22 % are surgical site infections
  • 15 % are pneumonia (lung infections)
  • 14 % are bloodstream infections

The overall direct cost of HAIs to hospitals ranges from $28 billion to 45 billion annually. While the range is wide, HAIs are clearly expensive. Not only to hospitals with re admissions and extra care ; but also to the patient with compounded physician visits, fuel costs, medications costs as well  as a devastating change in lifestyle.

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As patients we must speak up! You can lobby congress for funding the fight on antibiotic resistance, write letters to local agencies, get on social media about it as well as lobby local TV outlets to talk about this growing threat.

Inspiring Bio Sales Team!

I was recently invited by T2 Biosystems in Lexington Massachusetts to tell my story at a global sales meeting. T2 has just created a new whole blood pathogen detection system that will give a physician faster results than a culture when they have a septic patient. This system was recently FDA approved! Many said my story both moved them as well as inspired them to show potential hospitals how this can save lives. Thank you T2!!

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Amy Crosby and Karla Gonye of T2 marketing with myself

New Board Appointee!

“Silent Threats…..silent patients”

The Healthcare Surfaces Summit

What an honor to be appointed as an Advisory Board member for the Healthcare Surfaces Summit. The Summit meets every August along with registered attendees that consist of researchers, prevention innovators, infection control professionals, as well as members of the CDC to brainstorm solutions to hospital infections. New innovations are showcased so that they can be launched as solutions.

Mary Millard (guest speaker), Linda Lybert, Glenda Schuh

 

Linda Lybert, president of Healthcare Surfaces Consulting and the founder of the HSS, along my myself and Glenda Schuh, RN, BSN, CIC.

 

 

 

You are welcome to visit the website and sign up if you have an innovation or insights on stopping this insidious problem.

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