Healthcare Associated Infections

Just as stopping infection is important when you have surgery, stopping infection in every area of healthcare is important to your general wellness. There are some proven steps you can take to help lessen the likelihood of getting an infection if you are staying in the hospital.
Those steps include:
  • Ask family and friends who do not feel well to stay home and visit you at a different time
  • Ask your guests to use the hand gel or foam before they enter your room
  • Expect healthcare workers to either use the gel or wash their hands before entering your room or to use gloves

How is Healthcare Associated Infections used to measure quality? 

Healthcare Associated Infections are reported using a Standardized Infection Ratio (SIR). The way this number is found is by comparing the number of Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI) in a hospital intensive care unit or the number of Surgical Site Infections [Link to Surgical Care, Above] (SSI) from surgeries at a hospital to a national number based on data reported to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) from 2006 - 2008. Scores for Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI) are compared to a national number based on data reported to NHSN in 2009. For CLASBI and CAUTI, the results are changed based on things like the type and size of a hospital or Intensive Care Unit. For SSI, the numbers are changed based on things related to the patient and the type of surgery they had.

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