Posted by Bill Sandweg on 26 April 2011.
Recently I wrote about infections and hand washing. Infections are a major problem in hospitals. According to The New York Times, two million patients in America acquire an infection in the hospital every year and about one in twenty of those people will die of the infection. The cost of dealing with these infections is enormous. It is estimated that the annual cost of treating hospital acquired infections is $30 to $40 billion. More and more of the infections in hospitals are MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) or some other form of infection which is bacteria resistant. According to studies, the cost of treating a MRSA infection is about $47,000.
Why can’t hospitals get nurses and doctors to wash up before attending to patients? The answers are many but according to the Times article, technology may offer some solutions which are quite innovative. Read the whole article here: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/25/better-hand-washing-through-technology/?hp