This HND piece revisits the always important issue of healthcare-associated infections--formerly known as nosocimial infections. Strangely, authorities still use the 2002 figures of 1.7 million infections with 98,000 deaths, even though there is much more recent data available.
Some authorities, including Betsy McCaughey, believe that the 1.7 million number is vastly understated, given the prevalence of superbugs such as MRSA, Clostridium difficile, VRE, and CRE. Infection control guru Lawrence Muscarella also has big questions about the accuracy of the data, since most of it is strictly unvalidated self-reports.
We also comment on infections derived from hospital textiles--an area that deserves more attention.
Read the complete article.