from advance for nurses.com:
poll shows reduction in number of serious hospital-acquired infections
a recent opinion poll showed that hospitals are taking steps to monitor and reduce the second most common hospital-acquired infection - ventilator-associated pneumonia (vap).
results showed that an overwhelming 85 percent of infection control practitioners who responded indicated that their hospital actively tracks vap incidence and 80 percent of respondents said that oral hygiene is important to helping to prevent vap.
the poll was conducted by sage products inc. at the association for practitioners of infection control and epidemiology conference june 19-23.
"there is an increased focus on national quality improvement, stirred by programs such as the institute for healthcare improvement's 100k lives
campaign," said scott brown, senior vice president, sage products, inc. "efforts to reduce vap and other hospital-acquired infections are increasing in priority."
according to cdc's national nosocomial infection surveillance system (nnis) databases, vap is a common hospital-acquired bacterial pneumonia that has a mortality rate of 20-33 percent and accounts for 60 percent of all deaths due to hospital-associated infections...