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Survey points to drop in hospital infections

Hospital-acquired infections can cause big problems for patients. Given this, the numbers from a CDC survey are encouraging. These numbers suggest that recent years have seen a decrease in the likelihood of patients at American hospitals developing infections.

The survey was done in 2015. In it, a random sample of patients from around 200 hospitals in 10 states was looked at to see how many of these patients had health-care-associated infections. It found that around 3.2 percent of these patients had such infections.

This was down from what a similar survey from 2011 had found. In that survey, 4 percent of the patients the survey looked at had hospital-acquired infections.

From the survey results, researchers found that patient likelihood of getting a hospital-related infection was down 16 percent in 2015 compared to 2011. The infection type that saw the biggest drop between these two years were catheter-associated infections.

One wonders if this trend of dropping infection rates has continued.

While pointing to rates dropping, the survey results still indicate there are plenty of patients who do end up developing infections during hospitals stays. The data from the 2015 survey points to the most common hospital infections being:

  • Pneumonia
  • Gastrointestinal infections
  • Surgical-site infections

How do you feel Georgia hospitals do when it comes to infection prevention?

Hospital infections sometimes come about through missteps by hospitals and their staff. When negligence at hospitals leads to patients developing infections, the harmed patients may be able to seek compensation through pursuing medical malpractice claims. Fair compensation can help victims of hospital negligence in their efforts to recover from the harm they suffered.

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