What are hospital acquired infections?
Hospital acquired infections are infections, fungal or bacterial, acquired by a patient during a hospital
visit. The most common types of infections are bloodstream infections,
urinary tract infections, pneumonia and surgical site infections.
Hospital acquired infections result in 100,000 deaths a year.
According to reports by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
approximately 1.7 million patients suffer from hospital associated infections
each year, causing nearly 100,000 deaths. Based on these estimates, every
year about 10 percent of patients in the U.S. are impacted by a hospital
acquired infection. The annual cost of these hospital acquired infections
is somewhere between $4.5 and $11 billion.
Hospitals employ prevention and control programs in an effort to increase
Beginning in the 1950s, hospitals began implementing prevention and control
programs in order to reduce the rate of hospital acquired infections.
Traditionally, healthcare providers have used manual cleanings to disinfect
patient rooms and other areas within hospitals. However, studies reveal
that manual cleaning is only about 50 percent effective.
In 2010, the Medical Center of Central Georgia began using UV disinfection
robots as part of their prevention and control program.
In an effort to reduce human error during the disinfection process, in
2010, the Medical Center of Central Georgia began using UV disinfection
robots as part of its disinfection efforts. These devices are designed
to bridge the gap left by
human error when employing traditional cleaning and disinfection programs.
The new devices have reduced hospital acquired infections.
According to infection control experts from The Medical Center of Central
Georgia, the hospital has increased patient safety by maintaining a pathogen
free environment and thereby reducing the number of patients who suffer
from hospital infections.
The new devices are designed to operate with minimal labor, which not only
removes human error from the disinfection process but also limits hospital
staffs’ exposure to pathogens. The UV light emitted by these devices
identifies and kills antibiotic-resistant bacteria that are located on
surfaces and in the air at the Hospital. The device usually takes between
20 and 35 minutes to operate and achieves 99.99 percent disinfection of a room.
Nancy Osborn, who serves as manager of Prevention and Control Center at
the Medical Center of Central Georgia, states that using the UV disinfection
devices has drastically reduced the number of injuries and deaths associated
with hospital infections and saved the Hospital significant costs.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries, or if your loved was has been
killed as a result of a hospital infection, you should contact an attorney
immediately. An attorney can review the facts of your case and determine
whether the hospital, healthcare provider or other party’s negligence
was responsible for your injuries and loss. If so, an attorney can provide
you with the representation you need and help you obtain the compensation