After considering the odds, I'll continue to put off repair of my small ventral hernia.
CDC Reports on Healthcare-Associated Infections — Physician’s First Watch
CDC Reports on Healthcare-Associated Infections
By the Editors
The CDC has released its estimates of healthcare-associated infections in the U.S. for 2011 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
For that year, the agency estimates there were some 720,000 hospital infections — the top two categories were surgical-site infections and pneumonia, with 158,000 infections each. Clostridium difficile was the most common pathogen in these infections, comprising roughly 15% of the total.
Device-associated infections (attributable to catheters and ventilators, for example) accounted for about 25% of all infections.
Reader Comments (3)
If C. diff is the most common pathogen, and surgical site infections and pneumonia are the most common infections, why have I never seen a case of a C. diff wound infection or a C. diff pneumonia? Maybe the caffeine has not kicked in yet.
Do not have much experience in treating hospital based infections