Addressing Healthcare-Acquired Infections

Being within a healthcare facility, such as a hospital or nursing home, elevates the risk of acquiring healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). These infections are transmitted within medical environments, typically via microbes that patients encounter while undergoing treatment.

The CDC closely monitors HAIs and their impact. In 2021, they reported approximately 687,000 HAIs in U.S. acute care hospitals, resulting in the deaths of about 72,000 patients during their hospitalization.

Common HAIs include infections related to the use of catheters, ventilators, and central lines, with prevalent bacterial causes being C. difficile, MRSA, Enterococcus, and various Pseudomonas species.

Not every HAI transmission can be prevented, especially airborne ones. However, strict adherence to best practices can greatly reduce these infections. Patient care measures, such as rigorous hand hygiene, completing antibiotic regimens, and vigilant care of intravenous sites, are essential.

On an organizational level, combatting HAIs requires adherence to the latest reprocessing instructions and manufacturers’ guidelines to ensure the sterility of medical devices and surgical instruments. Other prevention methods involve comprehensive cleaning protocols for all equipment, including non-obvious items like ice machines and sink drains, and the frequent handling of textiles.

For a more detailed discussion on HAIs and prevention strategies in healthcare environments, consulting additional resources on the topic like the infographic below is advised.

Infographic created by Empire Cooler, supplying commercial ice maker lease to address your business’s ice and refrigeration needs

Comments are closed.