A survey conducted by Leapfrog Group showed 87% of hospitals do not take all recommended steps to prevent different types of hospital-acquired infections, the quality group announced.
The Leapfrog Hospital Quality and Safety Survey of 1,256 hospitals asked about three common infections and reported the percentage of hospitals that fully complied with prevention policies: aspiration- and ventilator-associated pneumonia (38.5%); central venous catheter-related bloodstream infection (35.4%); and surgical-site infection (32.3%). In addition, 35.6% of hospitals followed hand-hygiene practices, and 30.7% vaccinated staff against flu.
Leapfrog officials said the low results indicate that hospitals need to increase their use of safety protocols.
The healthcare system needs now to agree to standardized measures to assess the frequency and impact of preventable infections, said Suzanne Delbanco, Leapfrog chief executive officer, in a news release announcing the results. Without such measures, it will be difficult to identify the best ways to put an end to hospital-acquired infections. -- by Jean DerGurahian
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