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Hospital Acquired Conditions and Patient Safety

Posted by John LaRosa on Mar 10, 2015 3:51:00 PM

The UCLA 'superbug' has been a major topic of discussion over the past few days. This bug exists because of lackluster sanitation process on hospital tools and equipment. From 2013- 2014, the FDA reported 135 patients with bacterial infections from dirty scopes alone- a type of hospital acquired condition (HAC).  Further, the CDC reports that on any given day, 1 in 25 hospitalized patients have at least one healthcare associated infection. In 2011, the CDC reported there were 722,000 HAC’s from acute care hospitals that resulted in an estimated 75,000 deaths. What’s more alarming, reports are beginning to surface that the FDA may have known about infections from duodenoscopes since as far back as 1987. As of present, the FDA will not take the device off the market.

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Topics: Patient Safety, HACs

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