Medical Construction & Design

JAN-FEB 2015

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INFECTION CONTROL The latest data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that although some progress has been made in fighting hospital-acquired infections, the nation did not reach its most recent goals as outlined in the National Action Plan to Prevent Health Care- Associated Infections: Road Map to Elimination (HAI Action Plan). The causes and risks of HAIs vary. A majority of hospital-acquired infections include: urinary tract infections, surgical site infections, bloodstream infections and pneumonia. Many measures can be taken to reduce these threats, improve patient safety and the overall health of facilities. Read on to learn the latest infection control methods and technologies, as it relates to the medical construction and design industry. ISSUE FOCUS 75,000 Hospital patients with HAIs that died during their hospitalizations. 20% Hospitals following CDC infection control recommendations lowered C. diffi cile infection rates by 20% in less than 2 years, as reported in 2012. C. diffi cile infections cost at least $1 billion in extra healthcare costs annually. Source: CDC HAI Prevalence Survey, CDC Vital Signs 24 Medical Construction & Design | JA N UA RY/ F EBRUA RY 2015 | MCDM AG.COM

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