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Case study: What’s really working to reduce hospital-acquired infections

Evidence shows the most effective weapons against a variety of hospital-acquired infections are incredibly low-tech.

A number of hospitals that have started programs specifically to combat and prevent the spread of infections have gotten significant results with little more than basic education and a re-emphasis on the importance of proper hygiene.

The most effective programs include required training sessions for staff, as well as increased vigilance about some of the basics, such as: proper hand washing, using antibacterials on patients before inserting IVs and ensuring that patients are properly draped before surgery and other procedures.

For example, Good Samaritan Medical Center, in Brockton, MA started an infection prevention program and saw an overall drop in hospital-acquired infections, including a remarkable 80% reduction in MRSA infections.

The programs have been most effective at reducing bloodstream and surgical site infections.

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