A lot of hand washing! Try doing this with 30 patients a day, now add
every time you use your mobile device to look up EMR/labs/clinical
decision support/etc...We must start protecting surfaces and
personal items with effective antimicrobials.
(A) Microorganisms (in this case Gram-positive cocci) survive on hands. Reprinted from Pittet, 2006885 with permission from Elsevier. (B) When growing conditions are optimal (temperature, humidity, absence of hand cleansing, or friction), microorganisms can continue to grow. Reprinted from Pittet, 2006885 with permission from Elsevier. (C) Bacterial contamination increases linearly over time during patient contact. Adapted with permission from Pittet, 1999.14 * The figure intentionally shows that long-sleeved white coats may become contaminated by microorganisms during patient care. Although evidence to formulate it as a recommendation is limited, long sleeves should be avoided.
Research has shown that hospital readmissions are reducing the quality of healthcare while increasing hospital costs. Hospital Compare data show that for patients admitted to a hospital for heart attack treatment, 19.9 percent of them will return to the hospital within 30 days, 24.5 percent of patients admitted for heart failure will return to the hospital within 30 days, and 18.2 percent of patients admitted for pneumonia will return to the hospital within 30 days.Read more and
MRSA infection is caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria — often called "staph." MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. It's a strain of staph that's resistant to the broad-spectrum antibiotics commonly used to treat it. MRSA can be fatal.
Most MRSA infections occur in hospitals or other health care settings, such as nursing homes and dialysis centers. It's known as health care-associated MRSA, or HA-MRSA. Older adults and people with weakened immune systems are at most risk of HA-MRSA. More recently, another type of MRSA has occurred among otherwise healthy people in the wider community. This form, community-associated MRSA, or CA-MRSA, is responsible for serious skin and soft tissue infections and for a serious form of pneumonia.