Despite the best intentions of healthcare practitioners, patients often contract healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) from medical environments such as clinics, dialysis facilities, hospitals, and long-term care facilities. Considering that HAIs can be deadly to a patient, accounting for 99,000 associated deaths in American hospitals each year according to the Centers for Disease Control, the responsibility lies on medical professionals to ensure proper hygiene and know what to look out for. So to help you put the right measures in place, here are the 5 most common healthcare-related infections and how to prevent them:
Healthcare facilities play a vital role in the battle against infection prevention — especially as bacterial resistance seems to grow with each passing day. Here’s how some top healthcare facilities have been leading the charge against this challenge:
Fentanyl is an extremely powerful synthetic opioid that’s taken center stage in the nation’s opioid crisis. According to RAND research, fentanyl-related deaths increased ten-fold between the years 2013 and 2018, from 3,000 to 30,000. When facing such a potent narcotic, many have raised the question of whether first responders are putting their lives and well-being at risk when tending to overdose victims.
Chemotherapy takes its toll on a patient’s body, but this treatment may also have an impact on the health and well-being of the healthcare staff who come into contact with it — even if they don’t handle the drugs directly.
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Things are getting increasingly festive this time of year, but something scary is looming… the flu. Last season, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported up to 42.9 million cases of flu and up to 61,200 flu deaths — And that’s just from October 1, 2018, through May 4, 2019. This year, the CDC’s Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report for week 40 ending October 5, 2019 already attributes 5.0% of deaths to pneumonia and influenza — just 0.6% points below the epidemic threshold of 5.6%.