Science, Health and Technology
11:39 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Mo. reduces number of healthcare acquired infections

The Missouri Hospital Association said Missouri has reduced healthcare acquired infections for a number of years now.

Missouri Hospital Association Spokesperson Dave Dillon said for more than a decade they have been trying to create programs which lessen the chances for infectious mistakes in healthcare settings.

"When you’re cognizant of what you are doing you can reduce the type of steps that can cause an infection," Dillon said. "So, we’ve continued to see those rates move downward as hospitals have adopted those.”

Dillon said bloodstream infections and catheter related infections can be prevented through evidence based medicine, which stresses teamwork.

Dillon said getting the entire care giving team involved with monitoring and routine hygiene has proven to be a successful strategy.