Summer, holidaytime – but not for hospital germs!

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The Infection Prevention Community on Social Media is less communicative at the moment. No wonder, many people are on holiday. One might gain the impression that the problem of healthcare associated infections is not so relevant.  But of course – but it just seems to be that way. The germs are not on holiday – on the contrary. A couple of recently published investigations are demonstrating this, for example an investigation that shows that the number of hospitals reporting zero acquired infections has dropped significantly since 2015.
Let’s take a look on some interesting details of this investigation: The number of hospitals reporting zero infections for MRSA dipped by more than half: From 30.6 percent to 14.6 percent. Interesting figure also in relation to Clostridium difficile infections: 5.2 percent of hospitals reported zero infections in 2015, but in 2017 only 2.8 percent!
One might say now that hospitals with zero infections are anyway an exception, and that it would be enough to reach figures with low infection rate figures.
But I would suggest another approach: To look at those hospitals who still are ranging among the zero infections hospitals, and to see what they make right! Let us orientate on the best!

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Carola Timmel is journalist for print and radio and professional speaker. Her focus lies on the topic Medicine & Health.

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