News & Views from Pelican Solutions: Patient Infection Trends Remain Unclear
According to a March 26, 2014, article in The New York Times, the number of infections Americans acquire during hospital stays every year has declined over the last decade – yet, at the same time, the source of the report calls into question the true picture of patient infections because of the limited scope of the study.
The article cites results from a recent report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), stating that about 1 in every 25 patients contracted an infection while in the hospital in 2011, versus 1 in 20 as estimated in prior studies.
However, a CDC official said in the article that while some improvements may be seen among patients within hospitals, other significant forces were at work, such as the fact that more than 60 percent of operations are performed outside of hospitals, in outpatient facilities like orthopedic surgery centers, and much of the care that used to happen in hospital wards is shifting to nursing homes. Read more »