Reducing Hospital-Acquired Infections

Reducing Hospital-Acquired Infections Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Nearly 1.7 million hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) occur annually, leading to approximately 99,000 deaths every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (Adobe Reader is required to view or print the PDF. Download a free copy here.) Recent efforts have demonstrated that infections can be controlled and significantly reduced through relatively simple measures.

The featured Innovations describe three programs that have reduced HAIs by implementing infection control measures ranging from weekly rounds to a set of common protocols and practices.

The featured QualityTools describe two toolkits designed to assist health care professionals in implementing infection control measures in hospitals.

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