Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Hospital Acquired Infections Kill 99,000 Patients Per Year, Waste $33 Billion

According to this UPI article;

Approximately 99,000 patients DIE every year due to hospital acquired infections at a Cost of $33 Billion Wasted Dollars due to longer hospital stays Because of those hospitals, ........ septic slobs. (our epithet, not UPIs) And Ms Sandra Yin at FierceHealthcare offers up even More disturbing information.

FierceHealthcare has;

September 17, 2010 — 11:40am ET | By

People who use public restrooms are more likely to wash their hands than physicians in America's hospitals, a leading scholar reports.

Michael Millenson, a visiting scholar at the Kellogg School of Management, compared data from a
recent survey of public bathroom hygiene in the U.S. to hand hygiene compliance rates in U.S. hospitals, and found that "the guy who just used the toilet at Grand Central Station is ... way more likely to have clean hands than the guy walking up to your bed at the local hospital."

Writing on
The Health Care Blog, Millenson noted that a recent survey by the American Society for Microbiology and the American Cleaning Institute found that on average, 85 percent of adults washed their hands after using a public restroom.
He compared that rate with a finding from a 2009 American Journal of Medical Quality study, which measured a dismal 26 percent hand hygiene compliance rate for ICUs. FierceHealthcare notes that findings from a 2010 Applied Nursing Research study said that 34 percent of healthcare workers wash their hands.

The numbers certainly give one pause. But there's a glimmer of hope. A select group hospitals involved in a Joint Commission quality improvement
project managed to raise hand hygiene compliance rate from a baseline of 48 percent to a sustained average of 82 percent between April 2009 and June 2010.
At least some doctors and nurses are washing their hands as often as the stranger using the bathroom stall next to you.

To learn more:
- see Harris Interactive's
survey of handwashing behavior
- read
The Health Care Blog's post
- read the
abstract from the American Journal of Medical Quality
- here's the Joint Commission press release on a new interactive
tool aimed at boosting hand hygiene compliance
- read the
Microbe World article on the survey findings

Thank you FierceHealthcare and Ms Yin

So, you're Statistically Safer shaking hands with the patrons of Gas Station Restrooms even if you're in a condition to Be infected, with open cuts or burns, than you are with Medicare & Medicaid funded, University Educated, Healthcare Professionals: the Same University Educated HC Pros who are SO unbelievably Stupid that they Still can't find out that even the United States Veterans Administration ADMITS, ..... that NONE of their garbage antipsychotics have Ever produced a single positive outcome.

$33 Billion? 99,000 Dead?

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