If it hasn’t already, chances are that COVID-19 may spread to your community. As of April 21, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 802,583 cases of infection and 44,575 deaths in 50 states, and 5 jurisdictions. How could you possibly prepare IP policies to support healthcare staff who may soon be treating infected patients for an outbreak that WHO declared a pandemic on March 11? With the situation changing fast, staying abreast of the latest updates is imperative to formulating an appropriate response.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), as of February 24th, the latest coronavirus outbreak has approximately 80,000 confirmed cases of infection globally, with 35 confirmed cases in the United States. Officially called COVID-19, the widespread nature of the outbreak puts communities and healthcare professionals at a higher risk of contact and infection than otherwise assumed. Here’s what you need to know about the virus and the disease it causes, and what can be done to protect healthcare professionals who may be treating infected patients in the near future:
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:
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.
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%.