Top ways hospital executives can reduce the 1 in 25 infection rate in hospitals
In 2011, one in every 25 patients left the hospital with something they didn’t have before: an infection.
According to a recently published study in the New England Journal of Medicine, patients contracted 721,800 infections within that year alone; of those 721,800, 75,000 died from recorded research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This alarming report is raising concern in hospital executives everywhere, in terms of what they can do to increase hospital standards and decrease patient infections.
Top five reported infections:
1. Pneumonia (22%)
2. Surgical-related infections (22%)
3. Urinary tract infections (less than 15%)
4. Infections of the bloodstream (less than 15%)
5. Clostridium deficiency (less than 15%)
Although this study highlights alarming numbers of those contracting illnesses from hospitals, the report marks progress from previous years. There was an estimated 1.7 million healthcare or hospital-associated infections in 2002, over 155,668 patients deaths in total. From these findings, healthcare providers said that the patient’s infection directly contributed to patient death.
When it comes to reducing infection rates, "there's great data showing that we can actually move the needle significantly," says Dr. Michael Bell, director of the CDC's Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion. "But at the same time, we're not doing a perfect job of doing everything we should, every single time," says Bell, "and there's some things which we haven't figured out how best to manage -- yet."
By following a simple checklist of best practice solutions and offering better incentives to hospital professionals, experts reported that the rate of infection dropped 44 percent between 2008 and 2012. By following the listed tips below, hospital executives can increase their hospital’s commitment to reducing infection and protecting its patients by starting with these seemingly simple ideas:
1. Follow proper HIPAA SOP and surgical practices by the book: leave no room for error
2. Better manage supplies: provide extra budget and resources to have well-stocked and clean supplies
3. Collect and respond to patient feedback: understand the importance of your patient’s voice
Dubai's new smart neuro spinal hospital: need to know
We take a look at Dubai's new smart hospital.
What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah. It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots.
Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005, Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day.
Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital.
Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.
Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.
"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”