Navigation Links
Patient Safety Authority Supports 'International Infection Prevention Week'
Date:10/20/2008

The Authority continues to work with federal and state health agencies to increase infection reporting in Pennsylvania and encourages consumers to educate themselves on MRSA and C. diff prevention

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority supports "International Infection Prevention Week," October 19-25, 2008 to raise awareness of the need to protect patients and the public from healthcare-associated infections.

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) is sponsoring this year's effort with the theme "Infection Prevention is Everyone's Business."

While the Authority has collected infection data from Pennsylvania hospitals and ambulatory surgical facilities since June 2004, nursing homes will begin reporting in 2009 to increase efforts to prevent healthcare-associated infections.

"The Authority continues to work with the Department of Health, the Pennsylvania Healthcare Cost Containment Council and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to implement Act fifty-two to reduce the number of infections in Pennsylvania's hospitals and nursing homes," Mike Doering, executive director of the Patient Safety Authority said. "The data we currently collect continue to provide us with information to help educate healthcare facilities and the public on how to prevent healthcare associated infections in Pennsylvania."

Since June 2004 the Authority has collected infection data from healthcare facilities through the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting System (PA-PSRS). The data are reviewed and analyzed with guidance given through the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory -- a quarterly publication. While the Advisory is geared toward healthcare professionals and facility administrators, the Authority develops consumer tips when possible to encourage the public to participate in their healthcare and help reduce the likelihood of a medical error.

Two infections that have garnered consumer tips information are Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA (pronounced Mer-sa) and Clostridium difficile (pronounced klo-STRID-ee-um dif-uh-SEEL) or C. diff. Both infections have become a growing concern in the healthcare industry.

MRSA is a bacterial organism that is resistant to certain antibiotics. MRSA can be acquired in a healthcare facility or occur in the community. More than 1,700 reports related to MRSA, including 14 deaths, were submitted to the Authority from June 2004 through October 2007. While the Authority continues to work with healthcare facilities and other health agencies to reduce MRSA infections, consumers can also protect themselves as much as possible while they are in a healthcare facility or at home by following the consumer tips offered by the Authority on its website.

C. diff is a bacterial organism that occurs most often when patients are treated with antibiotics to guard against infection for an elective surgery. Reports submitted to the Authority show in several cases patients developed C. diff at home after leaving the healthcare facility. This disease was seen as a major contributing factor for causing patient deaths in reported cases. Most patients in the reports (86%) were 70 or older. In several cases, data showed the patients failed to return to the healthcare facility until the disease had progressed significantly. Unfortunately, most patients likely did not know their symptoms were serious and did not associate them with the antibiotics taken.

For consumer tips about C. diff or MRSA go to the Authority's website http://www.psa.state.pa.us and click on "Tips for Consumers." For more information about MRSA go to the December 2007 Patient Safety Advisory article "Identification and Effective Communication of Status May Reduce MRSA Infections" and for more information about C. diff go to the June 2005 Patient Safety Advisory article "Clostridium Difficile: A Sometimes Fatal Complication of Antibiotic Use" at the same website and click on "Advisories."


'/>"/>
SOURCE Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Socioeconomic and treatment factors affect non-Hodgkin lymphoma patients survival
2. Doctors Often Overestimate Patients Health Literacy
3. New Method of Therapy Takes Patients Out of the Clinic and Into the Park
4. University of Ottawa Heart Institute Trial Finds Popular Blood Clotting Drug Does Not Improve Patient Outcomes and Increases Risk of Bleeding
5. Patient roused from coma by a magnetic field
6. InHealth awards grants to study impact of medical diagnostics and devices on patients, health care
7. IBD, Liver Disease Patients Show Vitamin D Deficits
8. Clinicians in Netherlands Treat Lung Cancer Patients Using New RapidArc Radiotherapy Technology from Varian Medical Systems
9. Cancer screening rates among older Medicaid patients fall short of national objectives
10. Parkinsons Patients More Prone to Vitamin D Deficiency
11. CoreValve Announces That More Than 1,800 High-Risk Patients Have Been Treated with its ReValving System for Percutaneous Aortic Valve Replacement (PAVR) : Highly encouraging registry data also presented at TCT 2008
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... 27, 2016 , ... An educational campaign aimed at everyone ... courtesy of awareness-driven celebrities and thought leaders. It also provides insight to the ... leaders such as Bioness. , As patients feel increasingly concerned about the ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... , ... May 27, 2016 , ... ... scholarships to students studying complementary medicine. Allison Outerbridge is this year’s Life ... award on May 18 at the university’s Student Leadership Awards ceremony. , Outerbridge ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... Cabot Corporation, ... defective respirators, according to court documents and SEC filings. A jury has ... Tyler v. American Optical Corporation, Case No. BC588866, Los Angeles County, California. The ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... 2016 , ... The Woodlands at John Knox Village , Florida’s first ... for living and healing, celebrated its grand opening, today. The Woodlands at John Knox ... by Empowered Staff. , “This is an incredibly fulfilling time for John Knox Village ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... Dr. James Maisel will ... Long Island Chapter on June 4, 2016, 1:30-3:30 pm at the Farmingdale Public ... Retina Group of New York , is a Board Certified ophthalmologist who ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/24/2016)... 24, 2016 ARANZ Medical  Ltd ... healthcare sector, has been named the Coretex Hi-Tech Emerging Company ... Dr Bruce Davey , CEO of ARANZ ...  It,s really good to be recognised for the work we ... are used in 35 countries around the world from Sub-Saharan ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... BioMarketing as senior vice president of sales, announced Andrea Heslin Smiley , VMS ... company,s business development and sales team, exploring new opportunities for VMS to empower patients ... ... ... ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... May 24, 2016 ... , la première endoprothèse à double ... à l,intervention portant sur les membres inférieurs ... OrbusNeich, entreprise mondiale spécialisée dans la ... la vie, a élargi son portefeuille pour ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: