Whereas much improvement has been made in the hospitals and other health care settings in the United States of America with an aim to protect patients from getting infected, there still requires a lot of effort, especially in order to protect against superbugs, a kind of bacteria which are resistant to antibiotics.
That is the message from C.D.C (the U.S Center for Disease Control and Prevention), which was published this week, advising all health care providers to combine all infection control methods in order to protect patients much effectively.
According to Dr. Tom Frieden, the director of C.D.C, there are too many patients having to acquiring infections in health care settings. He emphasized that doctors and other health care workers have enough power to take care of their patients for no one have to get sick during their recovering.
The message of CDC mentions the patients, who are getting health care services, are at risk of getting infected by superbugs. That antibiotic-resistant bacteria can lead patients to sepsis or even death.
In the latest report, six of the most deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria were listed as serious or urgent threats. They are blamed for 1 in 7 catheter- and surgery-related HAIs, and also infections in hospitals where patients at a very serious condition stay.
Clostridium difficile, though contributing to almost hospital infections, is not of that list as it is not antibiotics – resistant. Nevertheless, when people are treated for it along with antibiotics, they can be lead to death.
It was estimated that Clostridium difficile brought about approximately 500,000 infection cases in the U.S in 2011. With the effort to lower the risk of infections, the figure has decreased by 8% from 2011-2014.
The C.D.C said there has been some progress in dealing with the drug-resistant superbugs. From 2011 to 2014, surgical site infections (SSIs) of 10 procedures that CDC are tracking has reduced by approximately 17%. In contrast, there is not much change catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs).
Hence, the CDC advised all healthcare workers, state and local authorities to go on fighting against HAIs, with 3 main goals: prevent infections transmitted among patients, prevent infection from surgery and catheter use and finally, be judicious in using antibiotics.
An infographic has also been published so as to summarise the ways to protect patients from getting infected. Patients are urged to strictly follow the prescriptions from doctors and healthcare providers.