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Patient Safety Awareness Week

Taylor Miranda

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    Nursing Program in Los Angeles

    Do you know about the invisible healthcare crisis happening across hospitals in the US? 
    Antibiotic resistance isn't just a problem in the meat we eat... 

    Read more to find out about these antibiotic-resistant bacteria! 


    1. "CDC says..."

    Check out this fact on the official CDC Facebook page: "Patients can get serious infections called healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), which are often caused by antibiotic-resistant germs." 

    HAIs are commonly caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which may lead to sepsis (a potentially life-threatening complication of an infection) or death. Check out the facts below:

    • 6 urgent or serious antibiotic-resistant threats, plus C. difficile, can cause HAIs.
    • 50% of one common deadly HAI is currently being prevented.
    • 1 in 4 catheter- and surgery-related HAIs are caused by six resistant bacteria in certain kinds of hospitals.

    2. The Dirty Truth

    These six bacteria are among the most deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria, identified as urgent or serious threats by CDC:

    • CRE (carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae),
    • MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus ),
    • ESBL-producing Enterobacteriaceae (extended-spectrum ß-lactamases),
    • VRE (vancomycin-resistant enterococci),
    • multi-drug resistant pseudomonas, and
    • multi-drug resistant Acinetobacter.

    3. What can YOU do? 

    If you are a healthcare provider, to prevent infections and their spread, also improving antibiotic use:

    • Follow recommendations for preventing C. difficile and infections that can occur after surgery or related to single-use catheters placed in the body.
    • Follow recommended actions with every patient every time.
    • Isolate patients when appropriate, and know antibiotic resistance patterns in your facility/area.
    • Prescribe antibiotics correctly.
    • Get cultures, start antibiotics promptly, and reassess 24-48 hours later.
    • Know when to stop antibiotic treatment.

    If you are a patient and/or a family member of a hospitalized patient, you can prevent infections and their spread by doing the following:

    • If you have a catheter, ask daily if it’s necessary.
    • If you are having surgery, ask your doctor how he/she prevents infections.
    • Insist that everyone clean their hands before touching you.
    • Clean your hands often.
    • Explore the Hospital Compare tool for HAI data
    • Ask if your antibiotic is necessary and what is being done to improve antibiotic use and protect patients.

    4. Spread the Word, Not the Germs!

    Show your support and use #UnitedforPatientSafety this week (March 13-19)! 
    "Every day is Patient Safety Day" 

     

    "United for Patient Safety is an ongoing education and engagement campaign that works to bring together diverse organizations with a commitment to patient safety and the general public to learn more about the topic, start important dialogue, and take action for improved safety conditions."


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    Sources

    National Health Observances Calendar

    CDC: Facebook

    CDC: "Making Health Care Safer"

    Mayo Clinic: Sepsis

    United for Patient Safety

     

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