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Study: More Than Half of Hospital Infections Could Be Prevented With Proper Protocols

Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare
By John Palmer
December 20, 2018

A new study claims that healthcare organizations can reduce healthcare-associated infections (HAI) by more than half, simply by upping their game on infection control practices.

According to a review of 144 studies published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), up to 55% of HAIs could be eliminated by systematically implementing evidence-based infection prevention and control strategies. The study further suggests that there is considerable room for improvement in infection prevention and control practices, regardless of the economic status of the country.