Healthcare-Associated Infections

Healthcare-Associated Infections Wednesday, October 14, 2009

In American hospitals alone, healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) account for an estimated 1.7 million infections and 99,000 associated deaths each year, according to a 2009 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (If you don’t have the software to open this PDF, download free Adobe Acrobat Reader® software.)

Implementing infection control practices can significantly reduce HAIs associated with catheters, central lines, ventilators, MRSA, Clostridium difficile, and surgical sites.   

The featured innovations describe several initiatives to reduce HAIs, including the AHRQ-funded ICU hospital collaborative (Michigan Keystone ICU Project) that saved an estimated 1,800 lives, 140,000 hospital days, and at least $270 million over a 5-year period. 

The featured QualityTools provide practical ways to reduce HAIs, including a central line care team insertion checklist.

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