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Hospital Infections Rates Soar In Spite of Regulations

Steve Wagner

According to a new study released by the Columbia University School of Nursing, one out of ten hospitals do not have checklists in place for avoiding infection at the site of surgical insertions, and even more, only 50% of the hospitals who do have these checklists are following them correctly.

The study was published in The American Journal of Infection Control and showed that the research had been conducted through 1,635 intensive care units at 975 different hospitals. Only one-third of hospitals examined had any type of electronic monitoring for checklist compliance, and slightly more than a third of these hospitals had someone on the payroll who was dedicated to monitoring compliance.

Because of the negligence of hospital care involving the insertion of catheters, central lines, ventilators and more, surgical-site infections are one of the highest causes of injury and death for hospital patients in the United States. On top of that, JAMA Internal Medicine reported that the top 5 healthcare-related infections cost over $9.8 billion each year.

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