Sophomore year of high school, I was lifting weights on a Sunday afternoon at a local gym. I was finishing my last set of shoulder press, when I felt a sharp pain in my back. I left the gym that day and felt tired, but thought nothing of it. B.
Growing increasingly weak, I went to the doctor a few days later and found out I had punctured my lung. I would require immediate surgery in order to save my right lung. I began to feel scared. I had never had surgery before. And I knew infections were common. I also knew that my surgery would be very expensive. C.
I was right to be afraid. Nosocomial infections, AKA hospital acquired infections, are common during both surgeries, and normal everyday doctor visits. Currently, there are no uniform infection prevention programs for every hospital in America. Today I would like to talk to you all about the key economic issues facing hospital acquired infections, As well as the things you all should look for in order to better protect yourself. II.
Some health care experts oppose an increase in sanitation methods within a hospital environment, because of the believed high initial program startup costs. Rebecca R. Roberts, who is affiliated with the Department of Emergency Medicine and Infectious Disease at Cook Country Hospital, at Rush University in Chicago, is the author who wrote “The Use of Economic Modeling to Determine the Hospital Costs Associated with Nosocomial Infections” that was published in Clinical Infectious Diseases. She believes that preventing infections can be a too difficult to prepare for proactively, and that they require substantial financial changes throughout the hospital. She notes that a new uniform screening program to detect an infection prior to the disease presenting itself within the patient, would increase spending hundreds of dollars per patient. Only five-percent of admitted patients are verified to have contracted an infection within the hospital environment....
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