Each year in the United States, 1.7 million infections are acquired in the hospital, leading to 100,000 deaths.
“If you were admitted to the hospital tomorrow in any country, your chances of being subjected to an error in your care would be about 1 in 10. Your chances of dying due to an error in health care would be 1 in 300.”
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Contact between the healthcare worker and the patient results in cross-transmission of micro-organisms. In this case, Gram-positive cocci from the patient’s own flora transfer to healthcare worker’s hands.
Doctor’s hands showing germ areas (black dots). (WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Healthcare.)
Same doctor’s hands showing how bacterial contamination increases with time during patient contact.
Dr. Maryanne McGuckin, FSHEA is an internationally renowned advocate for health-care quality, hospital safety, and patient advocacy. She is the author and developer of Partners In Your Care, an empowerment method that improves healthcare quality by helping patients avoid healthcare-associated infections. She has served on task forces for CDC and WHO and has over 100 peer-reviewed abstracts, journal articles, and scientific conference lectureships and sabbaticals at Oxford and Leuven.
Prior to becoming Founder and President of McGuckin Methods International, Dr. McGuckin spent 35 years as a staff and faculty member of The University of Penn-sylvania. She is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania.
Toni L. Goldfarb is president of TLG Publications, a medical communications firm. She was the founding Editor-in-Chief of Medical Abstracts Newsletter and her clients have included Advanstar Communications, Medical Economics, Doctor's Digest/Clinician's Digest, Whittle Communications, Pfizer, and Wyeth-Ayerst.