Archive June 2016


8 Ways to Prevent Surgical Site Infections

How often do surgical site infections occur at your health care facility? According to the CDC, at any given time at least 1 in 25 patients has a healthcare-associated infection, or HAI. About 31% of those infections are Surgical Site Infections, or SSIs. And SSIs are costly. The Price of a Surgical Site Infection The…

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Nurses role in HAI prevention: 5 Tips to Implement Today

According to the Centers for Disease Control, “The overall annual direct medical costs of HAIs to U.S. hospitals ranges from $28.4 – $33.8 billion for urban consumers and $35.7 – $45 billion for inpatient hospital services.” Going in for a surgery poses many risks, but what we don’t all realize is that when the surgery…

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10 Things Your Doctor Won’t Tell You About Protection Against HAIs

Everyone knows that when you’re sick or need surgery, you go to the hospital. But not everyone knows that going to the hospital can make you sick…sometimes. HAIs, or healthcare-associated infections, are much more common than you might think. More than a million HAIs occur each year, leading to tens of thousands of deaths and…

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A Hospital Visitor Role in Preventing Healthcare Associated Infections

When visiting a friend or family member in the hospital, we typically don’t see ourselves as the ones at risk for contracting a healthcare associated infections. According to the CDC, “An estimated 648,000 people in the United States develop infections during a hospital stay.” Surface Shield has put together a list of tips to help…

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