Welcome to Episode 161 of the Nursing Show

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News—-

Nursing Case Management Affects Outcomes of High Risk Diabetics

Obstacles To Breastfeeding Success Tackled By New Public Health Goals

Awards To Recognize Progress Toward Eliminating Healthcare-Associated Infections

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Tip This Week- A look at common hospital associated infections

Health care providers are at a very high risk for acquiring infection because of the work environment that they have. More importantly, they are also the best vectors for the spread of hospital acquired infections. As defined by the CDC, Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are infections caused by a wide variety of common and unusual bacteria, fungi, and viruses during the course of receiving medical care.

Examples include sustained reduction in central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) by 70%, simply by ensuring adherence to available guidelines. Reductions have been demonstrated for other HAIs as well, but, much more remains to be done. Wherever patient care is provided, adherence to infection prevention guidelines is needed to ensure that all care is safe care. This includes traditional hospital settings as well as outpatient surgery centers, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centers, and community clinics.

For nurses, the simplest but most effective way of preventing the spread of HAI’s is frequent and proper handwashing. Adhering to the routine of washing one’s hands every after patient and procedure goes a long way not only for ourselves but also for our patients.

CDC Health Care Associated Infections

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