Healthcare-associated infections kill 100,000 each year in the U.S., often because basic safety guidelines are not followed. That is what makes a medical study recently published in the American Journal of Infection Control so disconcerting.
Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease (CJD) is an untreatable brain disease affecting one in one million people each year. It is thankful that CJD is rare, because it is often regarded as the human version of "mad cow" disease, quickly transforming healthy brain proteins into unhealthy cells. This is what makes news from a North Carolina hospital so disturbing.
Ashanti Norals, 11, suffered a relatively minor knee injury at school, but hospital negligence led to the amputation of all four of her limbs.
The word "tuberculosis" used to bring trepidation to Americans.The creation of the antibiotic streptomycin in 1946 largely quieted this fear, but a new drug-resistant strain of the disease has surfaced in recent decades. A recent tuberculosis outbreak at a Las Vegas hospital shows why people, again, should fear "TB."
Health care-associated infections (HAIs) affect 1 in 20 patients, according to the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). HAIs are a top-10 cause of death in the United States, killing 2,500 annually, but the problem only seems to be worsening.
Patients go to the hospital to improve their health, but each year 1.7 million Americans become worse when they suffer a healthcare-associated infection (HAI). These infections may involve deadly bacteria like clostridium difficile (C. diff), methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureaus (MRSA) and E. coli. What's especially frightening is that HAIs have been trending upward for years.