I recently found out about a large company (Kimberly Clark) that is actively working to inform us and our healthcare professionals about ways to improve a dangerous situation—the danger of just being in a hospital or around a doctor’s office.
It has long been known that if you want to live longer, stay out of the hospital. With the exorbitant rates of death from correctly and incorrectly administered medical therapies there is also the well known risk of acquiring an infection that lurks mainly in hospitals. Here in St. Louis recently we had a well known and loved city Alderman who went into the hospital for minor procedure and within a day was in a coma which left him dead in a very short time from a raging hospital acquired staph infection.
When someone develops an infection at a hospital or other patient care facility that they did not have prior to treatment, this is referred to as a healthcare-associated (sometimes hospital-acquired) infection (HAI).
Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are a global crisis affecting both patients and healthcare workers.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), at any point in time, 1.4 million people worldwide suffer from infections acquired in hospitals.
A Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report published in March-April 2007 estimated the number of U.S. deaths from healthcare asociated infections in 2002 at 98,987.
The risk of acquiring healthcare-associated infections in developing countries is 2-20 times higher than in developed countries.
Afflicting thousands of patients every year, HAI often leads to lengthening hospitalization, increasing the likelihood of readmission, and adding sizably to the cost of care per patient.
Financially, HAIs represent an estimated annual impact of $6.7 billion to healthcare facilities, but the human cost is even higher.
Until recently, a lack of HAI reporting requirements for healthcare facilities has contributed to less-than-optimal emphasis being placed on eliminating the sources of healthcare associated infections. However, growing public anxiety regarding the issue and resulting legislation on state and local levels demanding accountability is serving to accelerate initiatives to combat HAIs.
To learn more about the impact of healthcare-associated infections for both medical professionals and patients, please visit www.haiwatch.com.
About Not on My Watch Prevention Campaign
To protect patients by reducing the risk of HAI, healthcare professionals must continually update their knowledge of infection management. Here is a sample video for training patients and professionals as well in improving this important part of staying healthy–avoiding HAI’s.
As part of an ongoing commitment to quality care and infection prevention, nationwide doctors and hospitals are partnering with Kimberly-Clark to deliver continuing education programs on healthcare-associated infection (HAI) prevention to staff and management. As simple as education sounds, busy doctors and nurses on the front lines of delivering care can find it difficult to find the time to take advantage of scheduled programs within their hospitals.
The HAI Education Program is part of a national infection awareness campaign for healthcare professionals called “Not on My Watch” and will provide the facility with a toolkit that contains informational flyers, patient safety tips and posters.
The “Not on My Watch” campaign provides accredited continuing education (CE) programs based on best practices and guidelines as well as research available on reducing the incidence of healthcare-associated infections.
For details about the “Not On My Watch” campaign, and the HAI Education Bus please visit www.HAIwatch.com.
Of course if you plan on a hospital stay it would be a very good idea in the week(s) previous to your stay, to eat larger amounts of fresh vine ripe and raw, steamed, or stir fried, lightly cooked vegetables and fruits as well as increase your intake of real food technology supplements to improve your body’s functions– especially the function of your immune and repair systems. Improved nutrition gives the body what it needs to better fight off anything that may be lurking in your hospital room.
At Kimberly-Clark, it’s our mission to find innovative ways to develop and maintain a variety of accredited education, equipping healthcare providers with critical insights and information on today’s important clinical issues. That’s why we’re proud to introduce the HAI Education Bus, an impressive new one-of-a-kind mobile classroom that brings accredited CE education right to your door.
Posted on 09/11/2016 at 07:12 PM