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2 approaches to reduce hospital-acquired infections in patients

In the battle against hospital-acquired infections, two recent studies can give hospitals insight about how they should design their infection-control programs.

Hospital uses EMR to cut sepsis infections by almost half

Hospitals mostly use electronic medical records (EMR) systems to keep track of patient’s symptoms and treatments. But one hospital has started to use its EMR as a tool to fight sepsis.

Preventing sepsis: How hospitals can get a handle on this deadly condition

Sepsis is one of the most deadly – and costly – infections patients can contract in hospitals. According to government statistics, over 210,000 Americans die from the illness each year, and the cost of treatment is over $17 billion annually. But hospitals can take some simple steps to curb these infections, and adopting a sepsis […] [MORE]

State requires hospitals to adopt new sepsis protocols

As the leading cause of death in U.S. hospitals and a major driver of medical costs, accounting for an estimated $17 billion annually, it’s surprising hospitals aren’t required to implement specific sepsis protocols. But that’s all about to change.

Pneumonia mortality rate drop questioned

If you look at recent reports of the mortality rate of patients hospitalized with pneumonia, you’ll see a steady decline. That can only mean advances in clinical care and improvements in quality are saving more patients, right?

Nurse sues employer after missed infection leads to amputations

A missed bacterial infection led to sepsis in an experienced nurse — and the amputation of her nose, both legs and most of her fingers. Up next: A major lawsuit.

New research outlines true cost of hospital acquired infections

Hospital-acquired cases of pneumonia and sepsis could cost more than $8 billion in increased health costs — and 48,000 patient deaths — annually.