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Hospital-Acquired Infections Quadruple ICU Mortality
April 13, 2012 (London, United Kingdom) — Elderly patients treated with central catheter and/or mechanical ventilation devices in intensive care units (ICUs), admitted from the emergency department or as an urgent case, are at very high risk for hospital-acquired infection (HAI), according to the results of research presented here at the 22nd European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.
In-hospital mortality in ICU patients with HAI was 4 times higher than in those without HAI, according to this analysis of an American hospital database…mortality was 4 times higher in patients with a HAI than in those without (18.5% vs 4.5%). In patients with HAI, length of stay in the ICU doubled, from a mean of 8.1 days to 15.8 days.
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For those of us who are concerned with care for seniors in San Diego County, this is important news and further information about the dangers associated with HAIs and hospital stays. Care at home is often a less risky and more comfortable alternative, when medically feasible.
Originally posted 2012-04-16 15:30:38.