New Study Shows 1 In 25 Patients Develop Infections In Care
In a new study it is found in 2011 about 4 percent of patients acquired infection seeking treatment in hospitals. The finding is published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said more than 700,000 patients acquired the infections and about 75,000 of those died. It added further that pneumonia and surgical-site infections were common and each accounted for about 22 percent.
In 2002 the infection was much more. It is estimated to have been about 1.7 million and 155,668 of the infected died.
Dr Michael Bell said the data also says the infection rate due to needle reduced.
Bell is the director of CDC's Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion. He added the bloodstream infections from central lines reduced by 44 percent between 2008 and 2012.
He said further, "But at the same time, we're not doing a perfect job of doing everything we should, every single time," says Bell, "and there's some things which we haven't figured out how best to manage -- yet."
Director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Peter Pronovost, suggests patient to research their local hospital's infection rates before getting hospitalized. It can be checked on the Hospital Compare website maintained by Medicare.