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Infection Prevention and Antimicrobial Stewardship: How Well Do You Know Your Numbers?

With the continued population growth, longer life spans and with more available treatments for conditions that could be terminal even a decade or two ago, healthcare providers must be equipped to provide better care to more people than ever before. But these factors also create a strain on the financial and human resources that enable and drive effective healthcare. These factors have led to the emergence of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) and antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” in healthcare environments.

The following facts on infection prevention and antimicrobial use, will give you an idea of just how important quality patient care is to healthcare and its surrounding communities.

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How many admitted patients acquire a hospital-acquired infection?
How many HAIs are contracted outside of the Intensive Care Unit?
Have there been
any big successes against HAIs?

What percentage of antibiotics are considered “unnecessary” or “inappropriate”?

How many deaths a year are attributed to superbugs?

What percentage of C.difficle is acquired within a hospital?

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