BI&T January/February 2017

Hospitals are supposed to be places where people get better—not sicker. Yet healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are a growing problem that not only increase patients’ length of stay but also can threaten their lives. On any given day, about one in 25 hospital patients are dealing with an infection caused by their medical care, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The January/February cover story explores ways to overcome challenges related to HAIs, including considering the cleaning of devices early in the design process, ensuring stringent sterilization methods according to manufacturers’ IFUs, and implementing quality improvement processes. A change in mindset also is needed, with hospital senior leadership and governing boards leading the battle cry toward combating HAIs—by providing the resources necessary to do so.

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