Salinas, CA Hospitals Getting Better With Cather Infections : View From A Private Duty Caregiverby Richard Kuehn on 09/13/12
I was happy to read that a national patient-safety program has reduced the rate of a blood-stream infection which can be deadly by 40% in hospital intensive-care units (ICUs). The program was started after the death a decade ago of an 18-month-old child which fueled national outrage. And rightly so. It's amazing to hear stories about people that go into the hospital with a minor condition and instead of being cured become gravely ill or even die due to an infection they pick up in the hospital. It's easy to get sick when you are surrounded by sick people! Known as the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program , the health project was implemented in more than 1,100 ICUs in 44 states over a four year period. And thank goodness. Patients and hospital employees alike need to be in a safe environment. It makes me shudder to think that you could go into the hospital with a minor problem and catch a deadly infection while you are there.