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Wall Street Journal | Behind One Hospital’s Fight Against Deadly Infection ...
Wall Street Journal | Behind One Hospital’s Fight Against Deadly Infection
Author | Laura Landro
Published on June 4, 2012 11:47pm EST
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Marita Nash, environmental services director at Hunterdon Medical Center here, uses a swab to swipe a bedside tray table in a freshly cleaned patient room. She then dips the swab into a hand-held device that can detect bacterial contamination in less than a minute.
The reading is in the safe zone by most industry standards. But at Hunterdon, it will trigger a repeat visit from Ms. Nash's cleaning crew to wipe out lingering bacteria.
Ms. Nash and her colleague Kathy Roye-Horn, Hunterdon's infection-prevention director, are on the front lines of one of the most critical battles in health care—keeping virulent hospital infections at bay. Nationwide, about one in 20 patients entering a hospital will get a potentially deadly infection, accounting for some $33 billion in preventable costs, according to the federal Department of Health and Human Services. Dangers lurk not only in vulnerable places like operating rooms. Recent studies have shown that some of the most common surfaces, from sink faucets to TV remote controls, can harbor the most deadly bacteria….read more on this story at http://bit.ly/WSJ_3mct
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