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10 Surprising Statistics About Hospital Hygiene

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Hospital Acquired Infections are unfortunately a common complication of hospital care. Despite recent progress in healthcare, infections continue to affect patient safety as well as hospital staff. Below is a collection of shocking statistics to showcase the dangers associated with poor hospital hygiene

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10 Surprising Statistics About Hospital Hygiene

  1. 1. ReadyDock Inc. presents... 10 Surprising Facts about Hospital Hygiene 1 2 3 4 5 At any given time, about 1 in every 20 inpatients has an infection related to hospital care. Hospital Acquired Infections kill more people than breast cancer, AIDS, and automobile accidents combined. It is well established that the hands of HCWs are the principal cause of transmission of infection from patient to patient. According to a study done by JAMA Internal Medicine in 2012, an estimated $9.8 billion is spent annually in order to treat the five most common infections picked up in the hospital. This death rate from nosocomial infections equals a 9/11 every eleven days.
  2. 2. 6 7 8 9 10 One study showed that when a nurse walks into a room occupied by a patient with MRSA and has no patient contact, but touches objects in the room, the nurse's gloves are contaminated 42 percent of the time when leaving the room. In 2010, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that 72 percent of physicians use smartphones. Nurses aren't far behind, with 71 percent using smartphones on the job. In the US, approximately 18,650 persons die during a hospital stay related to serious MRSA infections annually. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there are 1.7 million infections resulting in approximately 99,000 deaths annually in the United States, making healthcare-associated infections the fourth leading cause of death. There has been a 20 percent decrease in infections related to the 10 surgical procedures tracked in the CDC Progress Report between 2008 and 2012. Sources: 1. http://www.cleanhospitals.net/page/page/6855898.htm 2. https://www.sharklet.com/wp-content/themes/sharklet/pdfs/Fact-Sheet-HAIs.pdf 3. http://hygreen.com/HandHygiene/HandHygieneandHAIs.asp 4. http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/3797/20130903/hospital-acquired-infections-cost-nearly-10-billion-annually- study.htm 5. http://www.importantlittlefacts.com/noso1 6. http://www.hospitalinfection.org/mrsascreening.shtml 7. http://www.fiercemobilehealthcare.com/story/nurses-using-smartphones-at-work/2012-07-07 8. http://hospitalhygiene.info/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=18&Itemid=24 9. http://www.cdc.gov/hai/ 10. http://www.cdc.gov/hai/pdfs/progress-report/exec-summary-HAIPR.pdf
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Hospital Acquired Infections are unfortunately a common complication of hospital care. Despite recent progress in healthcare, infections continue to affect patient safety as well as hospital staff. Below is a collection of shocking statistics to showcase the dangers associated with poor hospital hygiene

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