A new report released by the CDC notes that hospital infections are more common than we think. According to their press release, “on any given day, approximately one in 25 U.S. patients has at least one infection contracted during the course of their hospital care, adding up to about 722,000 infections in 2011.”
Hospitals in Georgia in particular have made progress in preventing central line associated blood stream infections, but other types of infection rates like urinary tract infections from catheters or infections at surgical sites post colon surgery have not gone down.
Along with the report, the CDC has released an infographic with information on what patients can do to prevent infection. Those tips include:
- Speaking Up: Talk to your doctor about how they prevent infections and how you can prevent infections.
- Keeping hands clean.
- Knowing the signs of infection.
If you are injured and need surgery from a workers’ comp accident, car and truck wreck in Marietta, Cobb County or greater Atlanta area, it is important that you know these facts about infections in hospitals. For the complete Infographic, see the CDC’s press release here: http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/p0326-hospital-patients.html