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Study: Having zero infections less common for hospitals in 2017

Infections can have major impacts on hospital patients. So, how common hospital infections are is a major safety issue.

Unfortunately, it appears that last year saw a drop in how common it was for hospitals to report zero incidents when it comes to five common types of infections. These five are:

  • Catheter-associated urinary tract infections
  • Central line-associated bloodstream infections
  • Clostridium difficile
  • MRSA
  • Surgical site infections related to colon surgery

A recent study looked at the results of a survey of almost 2,000 hospitals. In the survey, the hospitals reported whether they had had any incidents of these five infections. For all five, the percentage of hospitals that reported no incidents was down in 2017 as compared to the prior year.

The biggest drop between 2016 and 2017 happened with catheter-associated urinary tract infections, central line-associated bloodstream infections and MRSA.

As a note, while there was a drop in hospitals with no incidents when it comes to these five infections last year, many hospitals were still below the expected amount of these infections.

One wonders if this year will end up being more like 2016 or 2017 when it comes to these five infections.

A person may have many concerns and questions when they end up developing an infection, such as one of the above-mentioned five, during a hospital stay. This includes questions about whether they could pursue a hospital negligence claim over what happened to them. Lawyers can give victims of hospital infections guidance on issues related to the viability and pursuit of such claims.

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