When someone develops an infection at a hospital or other patient care facility that they did not have prior to treatment, this is referred to as a healthcare-associated (sometimes hospital-acquired) infection (HAI). Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are a global crisis affecting both patients and healthcare workers. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), at any point in time, 1.4 million people worldwide suffer from infections acquired in hospitals. A Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report published in March-April 2007 estimated the number of U.S. deaths from healthcare associated infections in 2002 at 98,987. The risk of acquiring healthcare-associated infections in developing countries is 2-20 times higher than in developed countries. Afflicting thousands of patients every year, HAI often leads to lengthening hospitalization, increasing the likelihood of readmission, and adding sizably to the cost of care per patient. Financially, HAIs represent an estimated annual impact of $6.7 billion to healthcare facilities, but the human cost is even higher. Until recently, a lack of HAI reporting requirements for healthcare facilities has contributed to less-than-optimal emphasis being placed on eliminating the sources of healthcare associated infections. However, growing public anxiety regarding the issue and resulting legislation on state and local levels demanding accountability is serving to accelerate initiatives to combat HAIs. To learn more about the impact of healthcare-associated infections for both medical professionals and patients, please visit www.haiwatch.com. And do take a moment to read http://haiwatchnews.com Thanks to Barbara Dunn for the above information.
Donnie Kanter Winokur just announced that the CDC has produced two videos of her family as it reveals some of the aspects of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Even if you don't know anyone with this affliction, it's well worth watching. Here's what she says in her message to friends and family:
The CDC produced two powerful videos about living with FASD. Our family was fortunate to be featured in these pieces. You can find them in two different sections on their website. I am partial to the longer version only because you can see more of our family! I think you'll find these well worth watching. Thanks always for your support.You can find the videos here, and they also have closed captioning. http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/fasd/videos/index.html