Hospital-Acquired Infections Quadruple ICU Mortality

From Medscape Medical News

Hospital-Acquired Infections Quadruple ICU Mortality

Becky McCall

April 13, 2012 (London, United Kingdom) — Elderly patients treated with central catheter and/or mechanical ventilation devices in intensive care units (ICUs), admitted from the emergency department or as an urgent case, are at very high risk for hospital-acquired infection (HAI), according to the results of research presented here at the 22nd European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.

In-hospital mortality in ICU patients with HAI was 4 times higher than in those without HAI, according to this analysis of an American hospital database…mortality was 4 times higher in patients with a HAI than in those without (18.5% vs 4.5%). In patients with HAI, length of stay in the ICU doubled, from a mean of 8.1 days to 15.8 days.

For the complete story read Hospital-Acquired Infections Quadruple ICU Mortality.

For those of us who are concerned with care for seniors in San Diego County, this is important news and further information about the dangers associated with HAIs and hospital stays.  Care at home is often a less risky and more comfortable alternative, when medically feasible.

 

 

 

 

 

Originally posted 2012-04-16 15:30:38.

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Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to HealthLine.com and to FamilyAffaires.com as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.