The latest results from the CDC, (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention),
seem to show that on average, the rate of hospital infections is going down.
This is due to more coordinated efforts by hospitals, and state-based
safety programs that involve checklists and better communication,
according to an article from the online health industry publication,
FierceHealthcare.The article, by Alicia Caramenico, is called,
Hospitals make headway in infection prevention.
The infection rates that were improved (or hospital acquired infections),
were mostly in intensive care units and surgery areas of hospitals.
In a related article, called, Cut down on infections to reduce
readmissions, by Karen Cheung-Larivee, it states that, "Researchers
from the Oregon State University, and University of Maryland found a
strong link between HAIs (healthcare associated infections ), and
patient readmissions after an initial stay..." (May 7, 2012).
For some reason, another type of infection often found in nursing
homes, MRSA, is now seen as drug- resistant, and becoming
more prevalent in these types of facilities. Perhaps the
implementation of safety checklists, and coordination of
care hasn't been in place long enough at these facilities,
or isn't mandatory.