Sunday, June 13, 2010
Do you know Health-associated infections (HAIs) are a global crisis affecting both patients and healthcare workers? You may have seen that the government recently released its annual report on the quality of health care Americans receive. While there have been some improvements, the news was not positive: hospitals still have work to do to put an end to the ongoing, but very solvable, problem of patients acquiring life-threatening infections in hospitals.
Patients, their caregivers, and health care professionals need to educate themselves on the dangers and what can be done to protect people from getting sick while in the very place they went in order to get well.
Financially, HAIs represent an estimated annual impact of $6.7 billion to healthcare facilities, but the human cost is even higher. 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. However, it is likely the number is even higher because, as the authors of the study point out, “No single source of nationally representative data on HAIs is currently available. 1
According to the World Health Organization, “At any given time, 1.4 million people worldwide are estimated to be suffering from an infection acquired in a health facility. The risk of acquiring healthcare-associated infections in developing countries is 2-20 times higher than in developed countries.
The fight against preventable healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) cannot be won by a single individual, company or healthcare facility. Kimberly-Clark is proud to work with many partners and organizations in helping to create awareness of the devastating effect of HAIs.
To help achieve that, Kimblery-Clark Healthcare has put together a website called "Not on My Watch" at www.haiwatch.com to educate patients and health care professionals. Their goal is to eliminate these preventable illnesses and their often tragic consequences.
Visit ”Not on My Watch” and make world a better place to live a happy healthy life.
Be Happy And Stay Healthy.
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