Last week’s SHEA Spotlight contains the following important take-home messages re: reducing hospital-acquired infections (HAI):
l. From U.S. News and World Report: Endoscopes are not disinfected despite sterilization unless the scopes are manually cleaned of debris prior to sterilization.
2. From Science Codex: Hospital patients use hand hygience after visiting their bathrooms only 30% of the time. Not difficult to see why HCW hand hygiene hasn’t stopped multi-drug resistant bacterial infections in hospital.
3. From CDC: One half of hospitalized patients are taking one antibiotic at any given time. Half of these patients are on more than one antibiotic. Again, not hard to figure out why multi-drug resistant bacteria have thrived in hospital. In the South, the incidence of such bacteria in hospital has increased 5X between 2008 and 2012. See: https://col128.mail.live.com/?tid=cmW0m_49BP5BGMwwAjfePkzA2&fid=flinbox for full articles.