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Healthcare-associated Infections

  • Making Health Care Safer – Stopping C. difficile Infections

    People getting medical care can catch serious infections called health care-associated infections (HAIs). While most types of HAIs are declining, one – caused by the germ C. difficile* – remains at historically high levels. C. difficile causes diarrhea linked to 14,000 American deaths each year.

    3/7/2012, 1:00 PM

  • Making Health Care Safer – Reducing bloodstream infections

    Making Health Care Safer – Reducing bloodstream infections [2.75 MB, 4 Pages]

    A central line is a tube that a doctor usually places in a large vein of a patient’s neck or chest to give important medical treatment. When not put in correctly or kept clean, central lines can become a freeway for germs to enter the body and cause serious bloodstream infections. These infections can be deadly. Of patients who get a bloodstream infection from having a central line, up to 1 in 4 die.

    3/4/2011, 1:00 PM

  • Page last reviewed: August 4, 2015
  • Page last updated: August 4, 2015
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