On September 24, Dr. Jonathan B. Perlin, President, Clinical and Physicians Services Group and Chief Medical Officer, was invited to testify in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. He discussed strategies to eliminate healthcare-associated infections which, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, afflict approximately one out of every 20 hospitalized patients. You can watch the video below.
Earlier this year I told you about a study to test a new approach in the fight against MRSA. The study, REDUCE MRSA, was conducted at 43 HCA-affiliated hospitals involving nearly 75,000 ICU patients over 18 months. It concluded that using antimicrobial soap and a nasal ointment on adult intensive care unit patients reduces bloodstream infections, including MRSA, by 44 percent. These results convinced HCA to begin implementing this protocol, called universal decolonization, in its adult hospital intensive care units in 2013.
There is compelling news this week that the national effort to reduce healthcare-associated Infections (HAIs) is working. The report from the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) infection tracking system, the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), contains data from more than 11,500 healthcare facilities.