According to the CDC, nosocomial infections cost at least 28 billion dollars a year. At least 7 billion of this is preventable with proper infection control measures. Many studies have shown that a large percentage of infections come from improper hand hygiene, proving that a multi-front approach is needed. Proper hand hygiene along with regular and routine cleaning and surface disinfection can help decrease the spread of infections.
The number of deaths from drug-resistant infections more than doubled from 8,600 in 2003 to about 16,700 in 2014.
A Reuters survey of state health departments found that 24 states and Washington D.C. don't count deaths from seven of the most prevalent super bug infections or outbreaks.
STAPH, MRSA (Flesh Eating Bacteria) - STAPH,MRSA
- The majority of staph and MRSA infections occur in hospitals or other health care settings, among patients with weakened immune systems. However, it is becoming more common in the community.
- Risk factors for an HA-MRSA infection include current or recent hospitalization, living in a nursing home, or long-term antibiotic use.
- An estimated 80% of the human population are either permanently (approximately 20-33%) or transiently colonized (approximately 60%) with Staph transmitting to others and their surroundings.
- The number of MRSA deaths in 2005 surpassed the number of AIDS. This number continues to increase each year.