Attacking Infection Rates

Monday, April 5th, 2010
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

According to a 2007 CDC fact sheet, about 85 percent of all invasive MRSA infections were associated with healthcare. Of those, about two-thirds occurred outside of the hospital, while about one third occurred during hospitalization. Also, approximately 18,650 persons died during a hospital stay related to serious MRSA infections. The good news, however, is that in this issue, you will learn about an intervention that hospitals can use to reduce “superbug” infection rates. In addition, discover the populations that may be at greater risk for MRSA.

Also this week, we are launching a new feature — Chart of the Week — to track trends and innovations in healthcare, starting with a look at populations targeted by telehealth.

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